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.*
Plant availability by Season
Winter / Spring
A densely leaved clumping bamboo with a fan shaped growing pattern to about 9 ft. in height and width at the top. The evergreen leaves don't curl if stressed as with some species of Fargesia bamboo. Does well in sun or part shade. Dragon's Head Bamboo is native to the mountains of China where it is a food source of the Giant Panda. Hardy to about -10° F. Zone 5-10.
A spectacular clumping bamboo, pale culm sheaths alternating beautifully in a checkerboard pattern with the dark green canes. New shoots come up red and green early in the growing season and grow robustly upright to 13-20 feet. Ivory Column makes for excellent hedge material in sun or part shade. Hardy and wind resistant with very dense evergreen foliage. Also known by other names such as "Robusta', Campbell's Form'. or "Campbell'. Zone 6-9.
A form of crookstem bamboo with yellow canes turning red in sunlight. Can be grown in pots, or in hedging, or as specimen plants. Flexible upright canes can range from 12 to 26 ft. and up to 2 inches in diameter. Canes of Spectabilis Bamboo are generally very straight, but occasionally will have a zig zag pattern near the base. Fairly compact in shade, can be an aggressive spreader in the sun. Edible shoots. Also known as Yellow Groove Bamboo. Very hardy, to Zone 6.
An abundance of reddish orange cane sheaths in a compact clump, makes this an attractive small specimen. Mature height about 8 ft., can grow in sun or shade and leaves won't curl in sun or freezing weather. In hot regions, Sunset Glow Bamboo prefers afternoon shade. This is a nonspreading, clumping bamboo with evergreen leaves. The hardiest and most popular clumping bamboo. Hardy to -20° F.