This section lists the tropical bamboo plant varieties we have in production. They
are all tropical, or sub-tropical, clumping bamboos and are generally not
cold-hardy like the temperate, running bamboos. Some, the sub-tropicals, can
tolerate freezing temperatures for short periods. Check the minimum
temperatures listed on each species description as a guideline for which
species can grow unprotected in your area.
Use our Search Bamboo page to find something specific.
This bamboo was one of many bamboos and plants accumulated over decades by South Florida plant collector, Michael Gideon. It is the most-interesting of his unidentified bamboos.
Culms are steel-blue green with a light powder bloom. Leaves are small and thin. It looks to us like a hybrid of Bambusa membranacea.
30' tall at maturity. Min temp. 24 degrees F. MIn USDA zone: 9a. Click to find your zone.
A samaller bamboo for gardens. It has very dark green culms that darken to a mottled black color with age.
The New Guinea Black is a good alternative to Bambusa Lako, which is sometimes too large for smaller gardens. The form is similar to Bambusa lako but grows to only about 1/2 the mature size. Note: This is one of our new bamboos that we've imported into USDA quarantine. It was released to us in 2012 and will be available after 2013.
Will grow to 20' with 1" diameter culms in Florida. Minimum temp. 29 degrees F. Min USDA zone: 9a. Click to find your zone.
Imported by us (into USDA quarantine) in July/2012, this bamboo was found in northern Thailand. Locally, it was called Phai Liang Wan,or Phai Thwa (Honey Bamboo) as it is prized for its sweet shoots. Its appearance and form indicates it surely is a regional clone of Bambusa nana.
Min USDA zone: 9b. Click to find your zone.
Basal internodes almost solid. Thorny. Culm sheaths persistent. Useful in construction - especially in Vietnam. Will grow to at least 50' with 4"-5' dia. culms. Min USDA zone: 9b. Click to find your zone.
A beautiful, relatively small-growing ornamental bamboo that has both variegated leaves and striated culms. For years, the identity of this Thai import had us stumped. Recently, I found a grower in Thailand who had it labeled as Arundinaria suberecta. The A.B.S. references that as a common mistake and corrects the species ID as Bambusa suberecta. Will grow to 20'-25' tall with thin 1" dia. culms. Somewhat bushy in form. It remains quite rare in the United States. Min USDA zone: 9b. Click to find your zone.
Yellowish green longitudinal streaks on lower internodes. Not a large-growing tropical bamboo - may reach 20' tall.
This bamboo species was once imported by the FCC/ABS in the mid-1990s. No positively identified specimens could be located so we re-imported from China in November/2012. Will be available in 2015.
Min USDA zone: 9b. Click to find your zone.
Also called B.textilis albo-lineata.
Random white vertical stripes on culms. The stripes become
more distinct as the bamboo matures. Typical textilis growth
habit and appearance but with the added bonus of the white
pin-stripes. An interesting bamboo.
About 20' - 30' tall with 1" dia. culms.
Min. temp 15°F MIn USDA zone: 8b. Click to find your zone.
Very similar to B.textilis mutabilis. Erect, thin-walled bamboo with persistent white powdery bloom at the nodes. Long internodes, small leaves, and graceful foliage. One of many cultivars of Bambusa textilis.
35' tall and 2" dia. culms. Min. temp 20°F. Min USDA zone: 8b. Click to find your zone.
This bamboo has been somewhat overlooked because of the
popularity of Gracilis. Certainly attractive and distinctive, it will gain its own notoriety with each planted specimen. Random bluish-white bloom on culms.
About 25' - 30' tall with 1" dia. culms.
Min. temp 15°F. Min USDA zone: 8b. Click to find your zone.
A beautiful all-green bamboo that's often planted in a row to create a privacy hedge or screen. Also makes a delicate focal point in the garden when planted as a single specimen. Foliage cascades gracefully with leaf tips pointing downward. This would be the ideal bamboo to plant as a screen in similar applications as Areca palms or ficus are used. For this type of application, they are planted in a row 3 to 5 feet apart. Spacing depends on how dense and how quickly you need your hedge.
About 20' - 25' tall with about 1" dia. culms.
Min. temp 15°F. Min USDA zone: 8b.
Click to find your zone.
This is the famous textilis clone that has wowed thousands of visitors at Kanapaha Gardens, Gainesville, FL. Until recently, it was not propagated for the general public. A large-growing, stunningly beautiful specimen that has plenty of white powdery bloom on the culms. The common name 'Royal Bamboo' is a literal translation of Wong Chuk. This is the largest-growing variety of textilis. It has reached 50' tall and it is hardy to just below 20 degrees F. Min USDA zone: 8b. Click to find your zone.
One of the smaller varieties of textilis. Delicate in appearance - very tight in form but thin culms arch when heavy after rain. 20 - 25' with 1" diameter culms at maturity. Like all of the textilis, cold hardy to the high teens F. MIn USDA zone: 8b. Click to find your zone.
Erect, thin-walled bamboo with persistent white powdery bloom at the nodes. Long internodes, small leaves, and graceful foliage. Very delicate - classic Asian appearance. A cultivar of Bambusa textilis.
35' tall and 1.5" dia. culms. Min. temp 20°F.
Min USDA zone: 8b. Click to find your zone.
The smallest of the textilis cultivars. Was first located at Rockledge Gardens in central Florida. Will grow to 15'- 20' tall with the standard textilis upright form. Min USDA zone: 8b. Click to find your zone.
Distinct appearance. This textilis variety has very short branches giving it a unique feature on an otherwise standard form. From a variety originaly introduced by Dr. Steve Scranton (Florida). Fantastic landscape bamboo. Will grow to 35' tall with 2" diameter culms in Florida. Minimum temp., 15 degrees F. Min USDA zone: 8b. Click to find your zone.