Bamboo are among the most useful plants on Earth. They are beautiful to look at and make effective visual screens, as all are evergreen. They also make delicious edible shoots in the summer which can be cooked and eaten. Harvesting new shoots can be a means of controlling its spread. Bamboo is shade tolerant, but doesn't tend to spread under shady conditions, so planting in a shady location can also be a means of controlling its spread. Making a shallow trench 8-10 inches deep around a clump can also help to contain it. Left unchecked, in a well-watered sunny location spreading bamboos will become an ever increasing grove.
Clumping bamboo will not spread but the spreading bamboo types will spread to varying degrees and speed. Each variety is listed as clumping or spreading.
*Bamboo cannot be shipped to Hawaii.*