One of our favorites! A grove of beautiful Timber Bamboo looks like the type of place where you'd find a panda nibbling away on leaves and shoots. Vivax spreads slowly until well established, then shoots more vigorously after several years and becomes a wonderful open grove of huge canes. Our 15-year-old grove has been fairly easy to control with regular mowing and trimming around the area where we want it to stay. Young shoots are particularly good to eat when cooked.
What is lovelier than a verdant grove of green Vivax Bamboo? How about a colorful grove filled with golden canes interlaced with bright green vertical stripes! Gold-Green Timber Bamboo is a beauty that shares the same characteristics as Vivax Timber Bamboo. It grows tall with large-diameter canes that arch slightly as they reach for the sky. Like all Vivax, it is a slow runner. It takes about three years to become established then begins to shoot more vigorously to form a wonderful open grove. The emerging shoots of all Vivax species are particularly good to eat when cooked.
I like to think of the three different Vivax species as triplets. Although all three are very much alike, you can tell them apart by their special features. For instance, instead of having solid green canes or gold canes with green stripes, Green-Gold Timber Bamboo has bright green canes with gold vertical stripes. As in Gold-Green, the striping is irregular. Sometimes a cane will have narrow stripes while other times the striping is very wide. Because of these variations, it is always exciting when new shoots emerge to see just how they are going to turn out. Like the other Vivax species, Green-Gold Timber Bamboo also produces large-diameter, tall, sightly arching canes. It is a slow runner with edible shoots. Try planting all three species together to create a multi-colored, completely unique and beautiful grove.
BLACK BAMBOO Phyllostachys nigra
Can grow to 35 feet with 1" diameter canes
Unique and stunning bamboo - new canes that shoot up in the spring are green and then turn jet black by winter. Spreads slowly until well established and so is quite easy to control by mowing. Grows better when young with some shade. Very prized by collectors.
Our new favorite! Few things are as peacefully inviting as a gentle breeze blowing through a bamboo forest. While mountainsides covered in giant bamboo are not part of the American landscape, by installing a few Madake Japanese Timber Bamboo plants, you can create a miniature version of a bamboo forest in your own backyard. This exceptionally tall, straight, dark green bamboo is not only beautiful to look at, it is also highly functional. Madake's thick inner walls make it extremely strong. It is one of the best bamboos for all kinds of construction projects. Fences, furniture and musical instruments are some of the many things that can be made from Madake canes. Madake is also very hardy and can tolerate temperatures as low as 5-degrees.
Such a pretty bamboo! The variegated (green with white stripes) leaves of this relatively short runner always garnish attention. Although Tootsik is a running bamboo, new shoots appear very close to the Mother plant, which makes it look more like a clumper. Because it prefers a partially shady location, has an upright growth pattern and does not get very tall, Tootsik works well as a container plant. It also makes a great landscape plant and, because the new shoots don't tend to wander far, it is easy to control by mowing. Hardy to 10-degrees.
RED BAMBOO Semiarundinaria fastuosa
Can grow to 30 feet with 1½" diameter canes.
Rare Find! A beautiful and stunning bamboo. Russet canes and reddish sheaths. Very straight, upright growth. Forms a more open grove than many runners, similar to a timber bamboo grove. In the winter many canes will turn brick red. Extremely vigorous spreader - Allow at least a 30' mowed area around the grove to control this fast growing bamboo, or use a bamboo barrier.
Makes a very tight and fast hedge or fenceline planting. Dark green leaves. Very vigorous spreader grows straight and dense with leafy branches clear to the ground. Allow at least a 20'-30' mowed area around the grove to control this fast growing bamboo, or use a bamboo barrier.
Tall, vigorous, good quality wood and shoots. Very dense and leafy. This is another strong spreader which needs a 20'-25' mowed area around the grove to control it.
Groves of Golden Bamboo can be spotted in old homesteads throughout the United States. Nicknamed "fishpole" bamboo because the internodes at the base of each cane grow closely together forming a natural handle or grip, the mature canes also are useful as garden stakes. A quick grower, Golden makes a dense, bushy hedge that fills in rapidly.
If you put your hand around a cane of Yellow Groove and run your fingers across the smooth surface and you'll agree that this bamboo is aptly named. A distinctive yellow indentation runs up and down each light green culm. Yellow Groove is a very leafy and fast growing variety that makes an excellent dense hedge.
Arrow is unique among running bamboos because it tends to combine features of a running bamboo with those of a clumping variety. A cluster of canes will grow together and then a few feet away more clusters will appear. Another unique characteristic of Arrow is the way this bamboo's large leaves appear only on the upper third of the plant. Very tropical looking, Arrow does well in large containers. Although it likes sun, Arrow also thrives in shady locations.
This dwarf bamboo has long broad leaves and prefers a shady location. Its small size and dense growing habit lends itself to container plantings. It also works well as a tropical backdrop to woodland areas. New shoots that appear in unwanted locations can easily be controlled by mowing. An interesting and unusual bamboo offering.
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