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.
The largest growing of the Guaduas. A true timber bamboo that is extensively used for construction throughout South and Central America. Thorns on branches - occasional "daggers" grow on culms (be careful).
Measured at 70'tall and 6.5" dia. in Florida.
Min. temp. 30 °F. Min USDA zone 9b. Click to find your zone.
A variegated and striated Guadua. Rare - introduced to the U.S. in 2004. The striated culms are very light yellow with occasional green stripes. Leaves are beautifully variegated. Mature size in Florida is yet to be determined. Two year old specimens have achieved 20' so a mature height of 40' is possible. Minimum temperature of 30 degrees F would be typical of the Guaduas. Min USDA zone: 9b. Click to find your zone.
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A large, woody, thorny, green bamboo with erect culms. From Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil. Frequently confused with G.angustifolia. May grow taller than listed.
80' with 7" diameter culms in South Florida. Min USDA zone: 9b. Click to find your zone.
A species that's found in Mexico and Central America. Similar to G.amplexifolia. Culms thick-walled but not solid. New shoots have beautiful maroon culm sheaths which cling to the lower internodes. This species flowered and produced viable seeds in early 2012. New generation plants are now available
Melocanna baccifera - Pear Bamboo or Muli Bamboo*New
A small open clumping bamboo. Both shoots and pear-like fruit are edible (but the fruit is not very tasty).
A 2012 import, originally from India. Released from USDA quarantine in March/2013. Will be test-grown and propagated for one year, then available in 2014.
MIn USDA zone: 10. Click to find your zone.
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.
There is very little published data on this species. It is native to S.China and N.Thailand. The culms are delicate and almost translucent in appearance. Upright with nodding culm tips.
We will ammend the description as it develops in our S.Florida test garden.
MIn USDA zone: 10. Click to find your zone.
Erect new lime-green culms turn yellowish with age. Shoots are edible when raw. Beautiful erect form with small, narrow cascading leaves.
The genus of this bamboo has been recently changed to Chloothamnus. Tropical Bamboo Nursery will reference both Nastus and Chloothamnus to avoid confusion.
Pictured on the cover of the book Bamboo World by Victor Cusack. Old world bamboo - from New Guinea. Very rare in the U.S. Will grow to at least 35' tall with 2" diameter culms in Florida. Minimum temp. 32 degrees F. Min USDA zone: 10. Click to find your zone.
This is a medium sized bamboo from the Mekong delta in Vietnam. Large leaves and bushy growth habit. We've seen this bamboo in SE Asia and at bamboo nurseries Australia and it never matches the specific published taxonomic descriptive feature of tiny leaves. Not sure if it was a publishing mistake or a collection mistake, years ago, but the bamboo we're growing is the same as I found everywhere else.
Will grow about 17' tall with 1/2" diameter culms in Florida. Minimum temp. 30 degrees F. Min USDA zone: 9b. Click to find your zone.
Formerly known as Bambusa forbesii.
A beautiful bamboo native to Australia (Iron Ranges) and New Guinea. It is tight clumping with very large leaves.
More of an understory bamboo and prefers some shade or warm protected areas. Not at all frost tolerant.
Beautiful as a patio plant, in containers.
We imported this species from Australia in 2011 primarily to compare and distinguish it from Bambusa atra. They are similar in overall form but the most noticeable difference is the occasional leaf variegation and culm striation on B.atra. Neither is present on N.atra. The leaves on N.atra are also larger (especially wider).
May each about 15' tall with 1/2" dia culms in Florida. Min. temp 30°F. Min USDA zone: 10. Click to find your zone.
Like Otatea acuminata aztecorum, this small bamboo develops a very distinct cascading fountain appearance. It also prefers a drier environment than most tropical bamboos. Fairly drought tolerant but irrigation is still recommended for a healthy appearance - a drip system rather than an overhead system. Besides maturing to a smaller overall size than O.acuminata aztecorum, an identifying feature is the culm sheaths. These are shorter and never intersect each other on the culms. The culm sheaths on O.acuminata aztecorum most often overlap, exposing very little, if any, of the green culm between the sheaths. This is the easiest way to tell the difference between the two related subspecies at any age.
Usually grows to about 8' in Florida. Cold-hardy to 21 degrees F. Min USDA zone: 9a. Click to find your zone.
The long narrow leaves are produced in such abundance that they almost completely obscure the culm. A very distinct cascading fountain appearance. Prefers a drier environment than most tropical bamboos. Fairly drought tolerant but irrigation is still recommended for a healthy appearance - a drip system rather than an overhead system.
Usually grows to about 15' but can grow to 20' tall with 3/4" dameter culms in Florida. Cold-hardy to 15 degrees F. Min USDA zone: 9a. Click to find your zone.
New cultivar. Has hollow culms unlike the other Otateas. New culms are covered in a waxy white powder giving it a silver look. Leaves are weeping and narrow.
After multiple attempts, it does not survive in South Florida more than 1.5 years. Although bamboos of the genus Otatea originate in an arid climate, some of the species in that genus adapt to the humid south Florida conditions. Otatea glauca, sadly, does not. We are leaving this information here for reference but the species will not be available from Tropical Bamboo Nursery.
Should grow to 18' tall, with 1/2" diameter culms in Florida. Minimum temp, 25 degrees F - (maybe lower). Min USDA zone: 9a. Click to find your zone.
A new introduction to our nursery.
Originally from the savannas of tropical Africa, this plant is relatively drought tolerant for a bamboo, becoming semi-deciduous in dry conditions. Looks beautiful in moist and humid conditions. Though called the wine bamboo, the alcoholic beverages brewed from this plant are more similar to beer. Should grow to 30' with 2.5" diameter culms. Minimum temp 30 degrees F. Min USDA zone: 10. Click to find your zone.
Imported in 2011, released to us by the USDA in 2012, this species promptly went into gregarious flower in early 2013. Bamboos of the genus Schizostachyum are unique in that they always exhibit flowers but rarely produce seed. This flowering episode was much different in that our specimen became leafless under the stress of flowering. Seeds were produced and we were able to germinate several. New generation plants of the species are now growing at Tropical Bamboo Nursery & Gardens. Mostly found in Thailand but also in Viet Nam and Malaysia.
Will grow to about 25' tall with 1" diameter culms.
Minimum temp. 30 degrees F. Min USDA zone: 9b. Click to find your zone.
The name 'Ratchaphruek' alludes to the botanic garden, Royal Flora Ratchaphruek, Chiang Mai, where this variety grows.
Called phai khiao amon in Thailand, which translates to 'bamboo green immortal God'.
This is a stunning, ornamental bamboo with bright yellow-striped green stems - best as a solitary specimen. Grows well in full sun on moist soil, or in partial shade. It is extremely rare, even in Thailand. We imported it from Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2012 and a single plant was released to us from USDA quarantine in 2014. We now have very limited stock of 3 gallon plants.
Very tropical - will not survive temperatures below freezing. Min USDA zone: 10. Click to find your zone.