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BAMBOO - TROPICAL LIST

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.
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Bambusa ventricosa 'Kimmei' - Kimmei Bamboo

Yellow culms with green vertical stripes. Occasional swollen nodes and pink coloration. One of the few tropical bamboos that's good in containers. Excellent for bonsai. Graceful foliage at the tops of arching culms. Formerly (and incorrectly) identified as B.tuldoides Kimmei (pronounced Kim-ay) Will grow to 30' with 2" dia. culms (if planted in the ground). Min. temp 27°F. MIn USDA zone: 8b. Click to find your zone.

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Bambusa ventricosa - Buddha's Belly

Becomes a dwarf with swollen internodes when stressed, especially in pots. In the ground it reverts to a giant with zigzag culms and branches. In Florida, this species is rarely stressed and rarely produces bellies. It is always used as a large privacy screen. In drier climates, like SoCal, it is more likely to live up to it's common name, Buddha's Belly. See B.vulgaris Wamin if you want a belly-producing bamboo and you're in Florida. 55' tall, 3" diameter culms, Min temp 15 degrees F. Min USDA zone: 8b. Click to find your zone.

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Bambusa vulgaris 'Vittata Inversa'

Occasionally, a culm will develop in a clump of B.vulgaris Vittata that has inverse color striping. Instead of green stripes on a yellow base, the culms are predominately green with thin yellow stripes. We've isolated a few of these and propagated them into a reliable new, inverse form of B.vulgaris Vittata. Same growth form and dimensions as the standard B.v.Vittata. 50' tall with up to 4" diameter culms. Minimum temp. 27 degrees F. Min USDA zone: 9b. Click to find your zone.

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Bambusa vulgaris 'Vittata' - Golden Hawaiian Bamboo

Very popular and recognizable. The most common ornamental bamboo found in Hawaii. Golden yellow culms with green vertical stripes that look like drip marks. This species has been in the continental U.S. for more than a decade and propagates relatively easily. Will grow to 50' with 4" dia. culms. Min. temp 27°F. MIn USDA zone: 9b. Click to find your zone.

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Bambusa vulgaris 'Wamin Striata' - Striped Buddha Belly Bamboo

A striated (and more rare) version of the popular Wamin Bamboo. The culms are a pale green color with irregular dark-green vertical stripes. The swollen internodes and overall form is the same as the standard Wamin. 12' - 15' with up to 3" dia. culms. Min. temp 27°F. MIn USDA zone: 9b. Click to find your zone.

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Bambusa vulgaris 'Wamin' - Dwarf Buddha Belly Bamboo

A dwarf bamboo that is perfect by a pond but will fit just about any landscape. Swollen internodes are unusual and are sure to attract your visitors' attention. This bamboo could have been conjured up by Tim Burton or Dr. Seuss. In Florida (and other warm, humid areas) this species is much more reliable and consistent in producing swollen internodes (bellies) than the first species given the name Buddha Belly Bamboo, Bambusa ventricosa (tuldoides).
*If this bamboo is too cold sensitive for your location, we have an exciting new import that may become a good substitute for sub-tropical areas down to USDA zone 8b. Bambusa tuldoides "Swollen Internode' will be available for sale by 2017.
12' - 15' with up to 3" dia. culms. Min. temp 27°F. MIn USDA zone 9b. Click to find your zone

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Bambusa vulgaris - Common Bamboo

Common throughout the tropical world. Open clump, culms spaced a foot or two apart. Grows to at least 65' and 5" dia. culms in Florida. Min USDA zone: 9b. Click to find your zone.

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Cephalostachyum fuchsianum *New

Imported in 2012. Released from USDA quarantine in March/2013. Grows primarily in southern China. The species name and description was first published (Gamble) in 1896. Finally, it's in the USA.
Will be test-grown and propagated for one year, then available in 2014.
Cold-hardiness is unknown at this time, however it will likely suffer in sub-freezing temperatures.
MIn USDA zone: 10. Click to find your zone.

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Cephalostachyum pallidum *New

A 2012 import. Released from USDA quarantine in March/2013. Grows throughout tropical Asia, including SW China, Burma, and India.
Will be test-grown and propagated for one year, then available in 2014.
Cold-hardiness is unknown at this time, however it will likely suffer in sub-freezing temperatures.
MIn USDA zone: 10. Click to find your zone.

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Cephalostachyum pergracile - Tin-Wa Bamboo *New

A rare, new introduction. Culms are straight and erect. Stunningly beautiful and distinctly identifiable new shoots are powder-blue with copper-colored culm sheaths. In Thailand, used as a flavor-adding vessel for cooking sitcky rice. Also used by the Dai people of South China for cooking rice and for tea-brewing vessels. To learn more, follow this link: Tinwa Bamboo
Grows to 30' tall with 2" diameter culms. Min. temp. 29 degrees F. MIn USDA zone: 10. Click to find your zone.
Imported April/2011 into USDA quarantine and was expected to be available after the summer of 2013. After one full year of field testing, it has become obvious that it will be a spectacular but slow-developing bamboo in South Florida. We have no expectations of availability any time soon, if ever. There are currently nine specimens growing in our fields but none of those are really thriving. They're alive and are sending up an occasional new shoot. None are in containers as every attempt to containerize has been unsuccessful. We will continue to experiment in an attempt to find what this species is lacking in our environment.





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Cephalostachyum pingbianense *New

Imported in 2012. Released from USDA quarantine in March/2013. Grows primarily in southern China. Not much published info on this species. We will monitor and report on its growth characteristics.
Will be test-grown and propagated. Limited stock available in 2014.
Cold-hardiness is unknown at this time, however it will likely suffer in sub-freezing temperatures.
MIn USDA zone: 10. Click to find your zone.

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Cephalostachyum scandens *New

A 2012 import from S.W. China. Released from USDA quarantine in March/2013. Will be test-grown and propagated for one year, then available in 2014.
Culms scandent, pendulous at the tip. Grows amongst other trees and plants, using them for support. New shoots and young culms are black. Culm-internodes, smooth; distally glabrous. Branch complement, several. Dimensions are difficult to describe as it generally takes the form of whatever supports it. The culms will be smaller than 1/2" diameter and their length can be more than 30' long, each leaning and winding upwards through support branches and foliage. Cold-hardiness is unknown at this time, however it will likely suffer in sub-freezing temperatures.
MIn USDA zone: 10. Click to find your zone.

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Cephalostachyum virgatum *New

New introduction from Thailand (2012). Released to us from USDA quarantine in March/2013. Grows mainly in the north of Thailand but can be found in , Burma, Laos, Vietnam, and south China.
Culms erect, upright, bending and drooping above; culm internodes green, long, and thin-walled. Shoots edible but not popular in Thailand. Easy growing in light shade to full sun.
Cold-hardiness is unknown at this time, however it will likely suffer in sub-freezing temperatures.
MIn USDA zone: 10. Click to find your zone.

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Chimonocalamus delicatus - Five-colored Bamboo *New

This is one of our 2012 imports into USDA quarantine. It will be test-grown at our nursery in 2013. The species grows naturally under the broad-leaved forest at elevations of 4000' - 5000' in Jinping of Yunnan China. In recent years, it has been introduced into other areas of Yunnan (at lower elevations) and is growing well. We were advised by our Chinese colleagues to test it in Florida. Culms are purplish-brown or green when young, yellow, purple or red when mature, called the five-colored fragrant bamboo. Branches emerging high. Beautiful clumps are used for gardens, parks and bonsai. It is described as growing to about 24' tall with up to 1.5" diameter culms. If the species adapts, we project it will attain only about half those dimensions at maturity in Florida, at sea level. It is cold-hardy to 20 degrees F.
UPDATE March/2016: The test bamboos are growing nicely in the ground but struggle in containers. So far, there is only one color (green). We're hoping this changes as the bamboos mature in the sun.
Imported April/2012 into USDA quarantine, released to us in 2013. The first field specimen successfully completed its first full year and is thriving. We've planted five more (2014) for future propagation.
We are releasing 3 & 7 gallon plants for sale with the understanding that they may not grow as taxonomically described. In south Florida, the natural growing conditions seem to not be ideal to develop with the culm color transitions. The culms stay mostly green. Where originally collected in China, the bamboo was growing in clay soil in an arid climate at around 1200' altitude.
MIn USDA zone: 9a. Click to find your zone.

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Chusquea liebmannii

Culms strongly arching, sometimes clambering. Small tufts of leaves wrap the nodes of the culms. This is the only Chusquea species that can survive in South Florida without artificially modifying the natural growing conditions. All Chusqueas are clumping mountain bamboos and our sea-level, hot, humid summer conditions are fatal to the rest of this Genus. C.liebmanii will grow to 20' tall with 1/2" diameter culms in Florida. Minimum temperature 31 degrees F. Min USDA zone: 10
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