BAMBOO - List of Hedging / Screening / Privacy Plants
This section lists the temperate bamboo plant species we are growing. Although
they are temperate, and many of the temperate bamboos do not grow well in
South Florida, we have been test-growing and selecting the species that
perform well in our climate. These species will, of course, be well-suited
for colder climates as well. They are all running bamboos with various
levels of aggressiveness and may require a method of containment to keep the
from spreading beyond your intended planting area. Most are ideal bamboos
Considered similar to B. oldhamii, but highly prized for edible shoots due to its crisp flesh, similar to Asian pears. Produced mainly in Taitung and Hualian and consumed fresh. Grows to 30' with up to 2" diameter thick-walled culms.
Formerly Bambusa edulis. Click here to find zone.
The culms are straight and erect with relatively short branches forming fairly open clumps. A well-known, classic tropical bamboo. Can be found throughout the Disney parks.
In Florida, there are no low branches. In California, the species branches almost to the ground. Culm walls are thick, but soft. Shoots are edible but, until recently, it has been grown mostly as an ornamental in the USA. A shorter variety of B.oldhamii is available that is grown primarily for edible shoots (see Bambusa oldhamii 'Dr.Lu'/Shoot Production Strain). Up to 55' tall and 4" dia. culms. Min. temp 24F. Min USDA zone: 9a.Click here to find zone.
Not officially identified as a cultivar of B.oldhamii. It certainly resembles oldhamii. Some people feel it's superior as a landscape specimen and for construction material. Very rare in the mainland of the United States.
A timber bamboo, which was said to be brought to Hawaii from India. When first planted in Hawaii it grew to 6" in diameter with thick walls. The original five plants all seeded and died, producing only one seed that germinated. From that seed, this current strain, now grows to 5" in diameter.
Some of the culm sections are oval but most are round. Very straight culms and reach 60'- 70' tall with thin, strong walls and long internodes. Min USDA zone 9a. Click here to find zone.
Per Dieter Ohrnberger: Chiefly cultivated in central and northern Thailand. Recently (in 2009), it became known that a plantation with plants of the shoot production strain exists in southern California, U.S.A.; the plants came from Taiwan.
This strain of B.oldhami is now in propagation at Tropical Bamboo Nursery. It grows to about 1/2 the overall mature height (30') of the ornamental strain of B.oldhami.
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Min. temp 24F. Min USDA zone: 9a. Click here to find zone.
Densely clumping with thick-walled, glossy green culms. Tight clump with fairly small leaves - should make a nice privacy screen for areas with limited space. Somewhat rare at this time.
Will grow to 30' tall with 1.5" diameter culms in Florida. Minimum temp. 30 degrees F. Min USDA zone: 9b. Click to find your zone.
Medium size with yellowish culms. It resembles B.textilis. A nice privacy screening bamboo with good cold-hardiness for a tropical clumper. Grows to 25' with 1.5" diameter thick-walled culms. Min USDA zone: 9a. Click here to find zone
Bambusa pachinensis var. hirsutissima - Hairy Pachi Bamboo*New
Similar to the standard form of B.pachinensis. A distinguishing feature is long, hairy bristles on the culm sheath ligule apexes as well as tufts of bristles on the leaf auricles. A nice privacy screening bamboo with good cold-hardiness for a tropical clumper. Min USDA zone: 9a. Click to find your zone.
This is the common, all green form of pervariabilis. It features the same dense clump pattern, branching, and leaf size as the yellow-culmed pervariabilis viridistriata but, in Florida, does not grow as large overall. Will grow to 30' tall with 1.5" diameter culms. Minimum temp. 21 degrees F. Min USDA zone: 9a.Click here to find zone
Unbelievably striking specimen. Low branching but can easily be groomed to fully reveal lower culms, if desired (as pictured).
New shoots have green stripes on a cream background maturing to yellow with varying dark green stripes. Will grow to 45' with 2.5" dia. culms. Min. temp 21F.
Min USDA zone:8b. Click here to find zone