Need Privacy? Want Beauty?
Fast-Growing, Non-Invasive Clumping & Running Bamboos
Giant to Dwarf Varieties - 30 min. west of Orlando, Florida
18404 SR 19
Groveland, Florida 34736
have been collecting and propagating clumping and running varieties of
bamboos at our Central Florida farmstead since 1991. When we
initially purchased the land, very few plants were growing
on our 50 acres. A few small slash pines and scrub oaks provided
only minimal shade and did a poor job of shielding the view of our
neighbor's messy yard. Our original need was for privacy
and since we loved the look, sound and feel of bamboo, we set about
encircling our property with privacy hedges of the giant grass.
We learned many important lessons through trial and error, extensive
reading and by speaking with and visiting other bamboo growers in
Florida and around the country.
Now, two decades after our
first plantings, our land is surrounded by beautiful groves of bamboo. Some
are 30- to 50-feet tall and still growing bigger year by
year. Other varieties include mid-size clumping bamboos that grow from 20-feet to 35-feet tall and and smaller varieties that will stay under 15 feet. All of our neighbors' yards are now
completely blocked off by clumping and running bamboos planted along
fence lines. Redwing blackbirds and cardinals constantly fly in and out of the
swaying canes. When our youngest son was around 10 he made a secret fort in one
clump of golden bamboo while our oldest son, Tim, has always enjoyed crafting wind
chimes, furniture and jewelry out of bamboo canes. Most bamboos also produce edible shoots which are tasty when cooked.
In 2012, Tim took over the day-to-day operations at Beautiful Bamboo and the nursery was relocated to his property on State Road 19 in Groveland, 2 miles south of our original homestead on Bamboo Bend Drive.
Tim has been involved in the bamboo business since he was very young. He was only 9 when we moved to Groveland and being a physically adept, outdoorsy person, he helped plant and nurture many of our original bamboos. While our son has added his own flavor to the bamboo nursery, he shares our passion for these most amazing plants and is eager to share that love of bamboo with you.
Take your time browsing through the
information on the different varieties we offer for sale. If you
decide bamboo is a plant you would like to grow, we invite you to come
visit Beautiful Bamboo and see for yourself the many bamboo plants on display and for sale at
our Central Florida semi-tropical nursery.
Beautiful Bamboo is open by
appointment only, so make sure you call ahead before coming.
Please write or call if you are interested in having bamboos shipped to
you from Florida.
the first things to decide when you are thinking about planting bamboo
is whether to get clumping bamboo or running bamboo. Clumping
bamboos are similar in growth habit to any shrub. They grow
gradually outward from the center with new canes growing taller and getting larger in
diameter every year. The most important characteristic of
clump bamboos is that, unlike running bamboos, they do not spread by
sending underground shoots far away from the main plant. A
clumping variety of bamboo is a safe and attractive plant to add to any
landscape. It is NOT invasive. For a privacy hedge, plant clumping bamboos anywhere from 4- to 10-feet apart. When planted 4- to 6-feet apart in enriched, irrigated soil, clumping varieties will form a solid hedge in just one growing season. If planted further apart, it will take a couple years longer. Either way, in a short time clumping bamboos form a tall, thick green border with towering canes that bend in the breeze.
Unlike clumping bamboos, running bamboos do send shoots away from the mother plant and have the potential to be invasive. In some varieties the new shoots will travel only a few inches but in other runners the shoots might travel 10-feet or
more away from the mother plant. While this may present a problem
in certain landscapes, in other situations it is a positive
characteristic. When planted 3- to 10-feet apart, the growth
pattern of running bamboos enables them to quickly turn into dense and
beautiful hedges. They can be controlled by mowing a wide
(10' to 25') area around the planting bed, with a
bamboo barrier, or by a natural
barrier such as a body of water, a road, or a pasture which is grazed
or mowed regularly.
Running bamboos grow taller and thicker in cooler climates than they do in more tropical settings. While we can grow many varieties of running bamboo in Florida, the plants don't develop as impressively in our climate as they do in more temperate parts of the country. On the other hand, clumping bamboos prefer a tropical climate where temperatures rarely go below 15 to 28 degrees.
clumping and running bamboos will provide a quick impenetrable hedge,
graceful grove, or attractive spot planting.
Prices vary depending on rarity of
variety and size of plants. Our goal is to help you complete your project within your budget.
Tell us your plans and we will do our best to help you find a beautiful
as well as affordable solution to your landscaping needs.
We offer SPECIALS on select bamboos at certain times of the year.
We have a limited number of 1-gallon young starts
(1' to 2') as low as $25 for some varieties.
The most popular size to plant is
the more mature 3-gallon (3' to 8') size which range from $25 to $95
depending on variety and number of canes. These will give quicker
growth from a larger root system which will produce more new shoots the first year.
Larger 7-, 10-, 15-, 30- and 50-gallon sizes
with multiple canes are available from $45 to
Least expensive varieties are:
Vulgaris, Hawaiian Gold, Hedge Bamboo, Buddha Belly, Golden Goddess, Red and Green
Fastuosa, Red Margined, Arrow, Golden, Yellow Groove
Midrange price: Seabreeze, Oldhamii, Graceful, Asian Lemon, Ladyfinger, Vivax Timber, Angel Mist
Rarest, most expensive varieties: Blue, Baby Blue,
Black, Emerald, Yin Yang
Quantity prices and custom field dug
plants are available for certain varieties. See our SPECIALS PAGE for discounts on selected bamboos.
call for more information or to schedule a time to visit our Florida
Open Monday thru Saturday by Appointment 352-429-2425