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.
Australian import. Dense and bushy. Similar to B.malingensis but is a bit smaller and also has a groove in the bud canal above each node. Not a textilis cultivar despite the occasional species listing with that name - still a popular medium-sized bamboo. 30' tall at maturity. Min temp. 24 degrees F. MIn USDA zone: 9a. Click to find your zone.
This species was originally distributed as a seedling of Bambusa edulis. Although bamboo seedlings do tend to vary significantly from the parent plant, this bamboo has turned out to be anything but a product of B.edulis. The seed source might remain a mystery but the resultant plant is a charming little bamboo. It is a small, delicate fountain of wispy canes and tiny leaves. It has been named to honor the late Richard Waldron. Some people are calling it 'Ladyfinger Bamboo'. Will grow to 10' with 1/4" diameter culms in Florida. Minimum temp. 21 degrees F. Min USDA zone: 9a. Click to find your zone.
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.
From Yunnan, China - this bamboo was imported into USDA quarantine in 2014. As its name indicates, the internodes (the space between the culm nodes) are longer than that of most bamboos. This makes them useful for crafts and flute-making. It grows in an erect form up to around 25' tall at maturity.
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.
One of our true novelty bamboos - sure to attract all plant-nerds.
The 'bait' is the incredible eyelashes that appear on each branch. Many bamboos have oral setae (hairs/bristles) that grow on or near the auricles (connecting area of the culm sheath and blade). This bamboo develops exaggerated fans of hairs giving them the appearance of false eyelashes.
Collected in Phu An (Vietnam) Bamboo Village by Dr. Cliff Sussman and sent to USDA quarantine, it was released in 2018 and is now test-growing at Tropical Bamboo Nursery.
A wonderful bamboo for creating privacy, quickly. This Vietnamese import is similar to Bambusa malingensis (Seabreeze Bamboo) but matures somewhat smaller, overall. Ideally planted 3' - 5' apart, in a row, to create a privacy hedge. It can be trimmed as a hedge or left to grow naturally.
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.
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.
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.