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KEY TO THE BAMBOO DESCRIPTIONS

Botanical name - Common name: English, Thai, Japanese, or Chinese, etc. A short descriptive paragraph about each species or variety. The six numbers and letter codes below the description are, from left to right:

1)The sunlight tolerance for best performance - full sun, 1/2 day sun or shade.
2)Full bamboo height in feet.
3)Full diameter in inches.
4)Temperature in degrees Fahrenheit where leaf kill may begin. Rhizomes may tolerate 10-15 degrees colder.
5)Recommended USDA Zones.
6)Running bamboo are designated with an R and clumping type spreaders with a C.


TIMBER BAMBOO

These are the classic giant bamboos that are so prized by people all over the world. Some are tropical giants and others are for temperate areas. The mature height of these bamboos range from 40 to 70 feet. The culms have a diameter between 3 and 7 inches. Give the big running species at least a 25 X 25 foot area to create a grove. If a smaller area is needed install a rhizome barrier.

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BAMBOO NAME

NOTE

1 GAL

2 GAL

3 GAL

OTHER


 Arundinaria alpina - see Yushania alpina

Arundinaria amabilis (syn. Pseudosasa amabilis)


 

 $50

 $70

 

- TONKIN CANE, TEA STICK BAMBOO
One of the most valuable for its wood quality. Known in the U.S.A. for the fine fishing rods made from
it. The culms are straight and thick walled. The nodes are smooth and not prominent.
1) sun   2) 50'   3) 2 1/2"   4) 10 F   5) 8-10   6) R 
(follows same order  in all descriptions below...)

Bambusa beecheyana


 $30

 

 

 


Bambusa lako - TIMOR BLACK

OUT

 $50

 

 

 

A tropical black culmed timber from Timor. There are faint green stripes embellishing the purple-black
culms.
sun   50'   3"   28 F   10   C

Bambusa membranacea -  See Syn. Dendrocalamus membranaceous
Bambusa oldhamii - GIANT TIMBER BAMBOO


 $20

 $30

 $45

 

The most common subtropical timber bamboo. Seen often in Southern California. Grows in a columnar
form with nodding culm tips. The wood is not very flexible. The culms have very thick walls. One of the
most drought tolerant bamboos. Used as a windbreak in New Zealand and soon, Hawaii. The new shoots
are excellent for cooking.
sun   55'   4"   15 F   9-10   C
Bambusa sinospinosa

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- CHINESE THORNY BAMBOO, CHE TONG ZHU
A large tropical bamboo from China. Large thorns are representative of this species. Seedling variation
may be interesting. Often seen in photographs on the banks of the Li River in Southern China.
sun   70'   5"   20 F   9-10   

Bambusa textilis


 $25

 $35

 $50

 

- WEAVER'S BAMBOO
A highly ornamental subtropical clumping bamboo. The tops of the culms arch dramatically in the
skyline. The fibrous wood is woven into baskets, mats and other useful items.
sun   40'   2"   13 F   8-10   C
Bambusa textilis  var. gracilis

OUT

 $25

 $35

 $50

 

Slightly smaller than the standard species. Graceful form with nodding tips and pretty foliage.
sun   30'   2"   13 F   8-10   C

Bambusa tuldoides


 

$30

 $45

 

- PUNTING POLE BAMBOO
The hard and thick walled culms make this a particularly useful subtropical timber bamboo. Grows in a
tight clump with the tops of the culms nodding down.
sun   55'   2 1/4"   15 F   9-10   C

Bambusa ventricosa


 $20

 $30

 $45

 

- Syn. Bambusa tuldoides 'Ventricosa' -BUDDHA'S BELLY
If grown under the most healthful plant conditions it will become a large timber type bamboo with
zig-zag culms at the base. Grown under austere bonsai conditions the crowded culms become swollen
 internode; reminding a person of buddha's belly. In Japan, one can rub a large exposed happy buddha
belly for good luck.
sun   55'   2 1/4"   15 F   9-10   C

Bambusa ventricosa 'kimmei'


 $20

 $30

 $45

 

- Syn. Bambusa tuldoides 'Ventricosa Kimmei' - KIMMEI BUDDHA'S BELLY
Same as the green form above except the culms are pale yellow and striped with dark green. It has
variegated leaves.
sun   55'   2 1/4"   15 F   9-10   C

Bambusa vulgaris 


 $20

 $30

 $45

 

- COMMON BAMBOO
The big green timber size bamboo seen throughout the tropical world withB. v. 'Vittata' below.
Excellent houseplant. Not recommended for use as a building material.
sun   50'   4"   27 F   10   C
Bambusa vulgaris 'Vittata'


 $20

 $30

 $45

 

  - GREENSTRIPE BAMBOO
An often used large tropical bamboo with abundant green stripes on the yellow culms. The bamboo
most used for interiorscaping.
sun   50'   4"   27 F   10   C


Dendrocalamus asper Hitam

ONE

 $50

 $75

 

 

Black asper. An attractive black timber bamboo of the largest proportions. Excellent shoot quality. Fast
growing in the warmest zone.
sun   100'   8"   23 F   9-10   C

Dendrocalamus asper 'Nubian Queen'

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 $100

 

 


A specially selected dark culmed variety recently grown from seed.
sun   100'   8"   23 F   9-10   C


Dendrocalamus brandesii

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 $50

 

 

A beneficial giant with shoots that are edible raw. The lower culms are covered with a tan pubescent
"fur". A good quality timber producer as well as for bamboo shoots. The big leaves make for a nice
houseplant too.
sun   100'   10"   23 F   9-10   C



Dendrocalamus giganteus

FEW

$40

 $ 65

 

 

A highly valued structural bamboo. Regarded as a good edible shoot producer too. Possibly the world's
biggest bamboo species?
sun   100'   12"   25 F   10   C



Dendrocalamus hamiltonii 


 

 $50

 

 

A big beautiful bamboo with nodiing culm tips. Used for food, timber, basket making, and mats.
sun   80'   7"   27 F   10   C


Dendrocalamus latiflorus 

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- MA ZHOU
A tropical giant form Southern China. It is one of the mainstays of the bamboo shoot canning industry.
The big wide leaves and lush green culms present tropical splendor. Best grown outdoors in Southern
California, So. Florida and So. Texas.
sun   65'   8"   22 F   9-10   C 

Dendrocalamus latiflorus 'Mei-nung'

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Similar to above but with culms striped with light green.
sun   65'   8"   22 F   9-10   C

Dendrocalamus membranaceous

OUT

 

 

 

 

- Syn. - Bambusa membranaceous
A fast growing tropical used for construction, fences and farm implements. Delicious shoots. Found
 species communities in China
sun   70'   4"   25 F   10   C

Dendrocalamus strictus

OUT

 $20

 $30

 

 


-
MALE BAMBOO
A drought tolerant timber bamboo from India. Not particularly beautiful but very useful. The culms are
thick, hard and solid at the base. A commercial bamboo of the paper industry in India.
sun   60'   5"   30 F   10   C

Gigantochloa apus

OUT

 

 

 

 

A highly recommend construction bamboo from Java. Regularly used for roof rafters. Dark grey green
culms highlighted by light colored sheath make the culms attractive.The leaves are large and pretty.
sun   65'   4"   27 F   10   C

Gigantochloa atroviolacea

OUT

 

 $35

 

 

Tropical Black Bamboo
A Javanese bamboo known for its beautiful black and faintly green striped culms. Prized for its wood
since it retains the dark color after harvest.
sun   50'   3.5"   30 F   10   C

Gigantochloa pseudoarundinacea


 

 

$50

 

Culms are light green and striped with thin yellow lines. Straight culms with branches starting about 10'
 high give it a strikingly erect form. The culms are extensively used for building. Rarely reaches full its
height potential.
sun   100'   5"   28 F   10   C

Guadua aculeata


 $20

 $30

 

 

An excellent timber bamboo for building. Culms can have a nice curve at the base. Its natural range
extends from Northern Mexico to South  America.
sun   70'   8"   28 F   10   C

Guadua amplexifolia

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A timber size tropical from Mexico. Most Guaduas are throny. This one is less thorny. Good timber but
not as straight as G. angustifolia. Prominent white bands around the nodes.
sun   50'   4"   28 F   10   C

Guadua angustifolia 'Bicolor'

OUT

 

 $80

 

 


The yellow striped form of one of the world's best bamboo species for construction. Prominent white
rings around the nodes. Thorny.
sun   100'   8"   30 F  10   C

Guadua chacoensis

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Nastus elatus


 

 $80

 

 


An elegant tropical from New Guinea. Long narrow green leaves and an erect stature add to the droopy
leaves and nodding tipped culms. A beautiful specimen for the garden with the added benefit of having
very good edible shoots. Plant only in the warm tropical frost free zones.

sun   60'   4"   25 F   10   C

Phyllostachys bambusoides

OUT

 $20

 $30

 $45

 

- JAPANESE GIANT TIMBER BAMBOO, MADAKE
A popular timber bamboo for temperate areas. Makes a handsome bamboo grove. The culms are of
excellent quality for wood working.
sun   72'   6"   0 F   7-10   R

Phyllostachys dulcis

OUT

 

 $30

 $45

 

- SWEET SHOOT BAMBOO
As the common name implies this is one of the best tasting of the edible bamboo shoots. The wood
quality is not the best for crafting. It is probably one of the fastest growers to reach mature size.
Performs well in hot, dry summer areas.
sun   40'   2 3/4"   0 F   7-10   R

Phyllostachys glauca


 $20

$30

 $45

 

- HONG DAN ZHU
Named for the bluish powder on the new culms. A fast growing important species for timber.
sun   35'   3"   0 F   7-10   R

Phyllostachys heterocycla pubescens


 $20

 $30

 $45

 

- Syn. Phyllostachys edulis - MOSO BAMBOO, MOSO-CHIKU
The most useful of the temperate bamboos. Magnificent forests are found in China, where this is the #1
commercially grown bamboo for timber and edible shoots. The vast majority of the plants available in
the U.S.A. today are a result of myself and two partners germinating and distributing approximately
4000 seedlings between 1982 and 1986. These plants are still not mature to this date . I expect the best
looking of these seedlings may have reached a height of 40' a diameter of 3". Slow to reach timber size.
Now there are also 1992 and 1997 seedlings available. Collect a new seedling every 10 years!
sun   75'   7"   0 F   7-10   R

Phyllostachys heterocycla pubescens 'Goldstripe'


 

 $40

 $60

 

- Syn. Phyllostachys edulis GOLDSTRIPE MOSO
A vigorous variegated cultivar that is available in limited supply . Golden canes embellished with green
stripes and green grooves. They are profusely accompanied by variegated leaves that hold the coloration
 well through the growing season.
sun   75'   7"   0 F   7-10   R

Phyllostachys makinoi 


 

   $35

  $50

 

- GUI ZHU
Tough, good wood quality make this a desirable species. Culms are thick walled with a bluish grey color
when older.
sun   60'   3"   0 F   7-10   R

Phyllostachys nigra 'Bory'


 

   $35

  $50

 


-
BORY BAMBOO, UNMON-CHIKU
Bory bamboo is a large variety of Black bamboo that does not turn solid black, but develops a mahogany
mottling on the older culms. It has a nice appearance and good quality wood.
sun   50'   3"   0 F   7-10   R

Phyllostachys nigra 'Henon'


 $20

 $30

 $45

 

- HENON BAMBOO, HA-CHIKU
A green form of Black bamboo that grows much larger with the older culms having a greenish-blue
color. Excellent wood quality. The third most grown bamboo in Japan for timber (right behind MADAKE
and MOSO-CHIKU). Some feel this is the true form of 'Black bamboo' and the true Black is a variety
of Henon.
sun   65'   4"   0 F   7-10   R

Phyllostachys nigra megurochiku


 

 $35

 $50

 

- MEGURO-CHIKU
An interesting timber sized form that has a green culm with a wide stripe of brown or purplish-black in
the sulcis (groove). A source of high quality wood for crafting.
sun   54'   3 1/2"   0 F   7-10   R

Phyllostachys nigra punctata


 

  $35

  $50

 

- GIANT BLACK
The largest temperate timber bamboo that turns black. Takes 3 or more years to gradually change from
green to black. A very useful bamboo for building and craft.
sun   50'   3"   0 F   7-10   R

Phyllostachys nigra shimadake


 $25

 $35

 $50

 

- SHIMADAKE
A large variety of Black bamboo that does not turn solid black, but develops thin pinstripes of black on
the older culms. It has a nice appearance and good quality wood.
sun   50'   3"   0 F   7-10   R

Phyllostachys rubromarginata


 $20

  $30

  $50

 

- RED MARGIN BAMBOO
One of the best bamboos for wood quality. The culms are straight, long and with little taper. The wood
splits well. A good producer of quality and quantity in culms and edible shoots.
sun   55'   2 3/4"   -5 F   6-10   R

Phyllostachys viridis 'Robert Young'


  $20

 $30

 $50

 

- ROBERT YOUNG BAMBOO
Culms turn canary yellow to gold after a year. Thin green pin stripes occur here and there.Grows fast.
Tends to have fewer but bigger shoots than most.
sun   40'   3"   -5 F   7-10   R

Phyllostachys vivax


 

 

  $50

 

- WU BU JI ZHU
Almost indistinguishable from MADAKE (P. bambusoides) until reaching larger size.It has thinner
walled culms, is faster growing, not quite as straight and a little more cold hardy. Tends to "swell" a bit
at the base of the internode when big. Culms are weak and easily break under wind and snow . A fast
grower to timber size.
sun   70'   5"   -5 F   6-10   R

Phyllostachys vivax aureocaulis

One

 $30

 $45

 $65

 

Yellow culms with a few crisp greenstripes. A fast grower to timber size.
sun   70'   5"   -5 F   6-10   R

Schizostachyum brachycladum

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A popular tropical for uncommonly yellow culms and erect stature. One author considers it to be the
most beautiful bamboo in the world. Big green leaves crown the bright yellow and green pinstriped
culms couple that with bronzy culm sheaths with pinkish-red bases and nodal rings. We have grown it
as a houseplant. It does not tolerate the cooler of the frost free climates.
sun   45'   4"   35 F   10   C

Yushania alpina

FEW


  $90

 $110


- Syn. Arundinaria alpina
A useful timber bamboo from Africa. It has a narrow habitat along the higher elevation zones  of
Tanzania and surrounding countries. The bamboo groves are a favorite place for gorillas and elephants
to eat the bamboo shoots and rest. Used for water pipes in villages. Hard to grow in the USA but it likes
the narrow coastal zone of the west coast.
sun   55'   5"   25 F   9-10   R

Arundinaria amabilis
Bambusa lako
Bambusa oldhamii
Bambusa sinospinosa
Bambusa textilis
Bambusa-textilis-gracilis
Bambusa tuldoides
Bambusa ventricosa
Bambusa ventricosa kimmei
Bambusa vulgaris
Bambusa vulgaris vittata
Dendrocalamus asper
Dendrocalamus asper Nubian Queen
Dendrocalamus brandesii
Dendrocalamus giganteus
Dendrocalamus hamiltonii
Dendrocalamus latiflorus
Dendrocalamus latiflorus Mei-nung
Dendrocalamus membranaceous
Dendrocalamus strictus
Gigantochloa apus
Gigantochloa atroviolacia
GigantoPseudoarundinacea
Guadua aculeata
Guadua amplexifolia
Guadua angustifolia Bi-color
no photo
Nastus elatus
Phyllostachys-bambusoides
Phyllostachys dulcis

no photo


Phyllostachys-edulis - Moso


Goldstripe-Moso
Phyllostachys makinoi
Phyllostachys nigra Bory
Phyllostachys nigra henon
Phyllostachys nigra Meguro-chiku
Phyllostachys nigra punctata

no photo


Phyllostachys rubromarginata
Phylostachys viridis Robert Young

Phyllostachs-vivax

Phyllostachys vivax aureocaulis
Schizostachyum brachycladum

Yushania-alpina