BAMBOO - List of Hedging / Screening / Privacy Plants
This section lists the temperate bamboo plant species we are growing. Although
they are temperate, and many of the temperate bamboos do not grow well in
South Florida, we have been test-growing and selecting the species that
perform well in our climate. These species will, of course, be well-suited
for colder climates as well. They are all running bamboos with various
levels of aggressiveness and may require a method of containment to keep the
from spreading beyond your intended planting area. Most are ideal bamboos
In India and Indonesia, a tall, thorny bamboo. It is used for construction, baskets, and edible shoots. At the base of the culms, wall thickness is mostly solid, especially in dry areas or poor soil. This bamboo species grows in humid or dry tropical areas along river banks, hill slopes, and freshwater creeks. It often occurs at low or moderate altitudes.
In South Florida, it seems to grow more bushy than tall. Makes a great thorny hedge to keep out unwanted wildlife or trespassers. Will grow to about 30' tall with 1" diameter culms. Min. temp. 28 deg F. Min USDA zone: 9b. Click here to find zone.
A small-growing bamboo with a delicate appearance. Fine leaves that droop to the ground when young. Can be used as a privacy screen in applications where a shorter bamboo is required. Occasionally persistent culms sheaths.
Will grow to 25' tall with 1" diameter culms. Min. temp. 27 deg F. Min USDA zone: 9b. Click here to find zone.
Just as the standard B.boniopsis has begun to surge in popularity, this striated version arrives in the USA. B.boniopsis has proven itself as one of the best options as a hedging/screening bamboo. Small leaves, vigorous growth, and dense branching adds up to a bamboo that can be trimmed and shaped into a well-groomed hedge. This new 'Yellowstripe' version adds a bit of extra pizzazz on the lower culms. It was collected in 2013 from the South China Botanic Garden, Guangzhou, and sent to USDA quarantine. In March/2015 it was released to us and is now growing in our test field.
Will grow to 20' tall with 1" diameter culms. Min. temp. 27 deg F. Min USDA zone: 9b.Click here to find zone.
I first took note of this species 15 years ago in the book 'A Compendium of Chinese Bamboo'. During one of several collection trips to China in 2012, it finally was sent to USDA quarantine. In March/2013, it was released to us and is now being test-grown at Tropical Bamboo Nursery & Gardens.
In South China, it grows in appearance like a dwarf combination of Bambusa chungii and Bambusa textilis gracilis. It averages 15' in height with thin, finger-sized culms. Used in china for weaving.
If it performs well in South Florida, we anticipate it will work well as a small privacy screen or a small-garden feature plant.
Cold-hardiness is unknown at this time but we're guessing it should handle temperatures in the range of the aforementioned B.chungii and B.textilis.
MIn USDA zone: 9a. Click here to find zone.
A stunning, mystical bamboo. Thin-walled culms are covered with persistent, dense white bloom, giving them a pale blue appearance. Slightly open clumper that will grow to at least 30' tall with 2" dia. culms. This rare Chinese import cleared U.S.D.A. quarantine in the 1990's. Also called Emperor's Blue Bamboo & White Bamboo.
Min. temp 21�F. Min USDA zone: 8b/9a. Click here to find zone.
A smaller version of the amazing Bambusa chungii bamboo.
Same pale blue appearance but grows to about 3/4 the maximum size of the standard chungii. 25' tall with 1" culms. Perfect for smaller gardens.
Min. temp 21F. Min USDA zone: 8b/9a. Click here to find zone.
Relatively small, upright bamboo, comparable to the smaller B.textilis cultivars. We have been test-growing this bamboo for several years and the projected maximum height is around 20'.
At first glance, it appears to be a type of B.textilis until you step back and notice the overall height is not as tall as expected. The culms are noticeably thicker with shorter internodes than a textilis at the same height. The culms are more compact, or contracted, hence the species name. When several are planted in a row, this species makes an excellent privacy screen. Spacing can be between 3'-5' apart, depending on the density wanted.
Min USDA zone: 9a. Click here to find zone.
A medium-sized, fast growing bamboo. Fairly erect, green culms. Would work well as a privacy screen. Very similar to Bambusa malingensis 'Seabreeze Bamboo'.
Will grow to 40' with 3" dia. culms. Min. temp 18F. Min USDA zone: 8b. Click here to find zone.
A large, fast growing bamboo with long and plentiful lower branches. Not necessarily considered an ornamental bamboo - more functional.
If you need a large, dense, bushy screen, this one's for you.
Will grow to 50' with 3" dia. culms. Min. temp 18F. Min USDA zone: 9b. Click here to find zone.
From Taiwan. Erect and tight-clumping. The culms and branches are yellowish-green and gradually turn pale yellow. Will grow to at least 50' with 3+" diameter culms. Min. temp 21F. Min USDA zone: 9b. Click here to find zone.