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- Good to know - highly symbolic plants from China and Japanese courtyard and temple gardens. Bamboo symbolises vigour and the canes, forest. The texture of canes, leaf striations, attractive new growth (culms) and the sound and movement in wind all add to its attraction.
- Pests & Diseases - emerging shoots are vulnerable to slugs.
- Place of Origin - tropical and sub-tropical Asia, tropical America, Africa and northern Australia.
- Full Sun
- Greenhouse or Conservatory - Not the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winter - in frost-prone climates grow in a temperate greenhouse.
- Partial Shade - requires a sheltered location.
- Fertile moist well-drained soil - humus-rich.
Buy Varieties of BAMBOO
Rare species requiring shelter but which is highly invasive. New shoots can appear several feet from the old stems
Walking stick bamboo
Dark green canes with pronounced nodes. Very vigorous
Hardy species forming dense clumps. Olive green canes grow 3-4 metres with the leafy branches in a bottlebrush effect
Clump-forming bamboo with arching yellow-green canes. Can grow up to 3m in height or more
Slender canes up to around 12 feet. Good hedging plant
Light green canes with red-brown sheathes. Clump-forming. Height to 2 m. Good for screening
Grows to 1 to 1.5 metres in height. Spreading
Fishpole bamboo, Golden bamboo
Tall graceful species, canes bright green at first becoming deep yellow-green and finally brown at maturity. Young shoots edible in spring
Crookstem bamboo, Yellow-groove bamboo.
Sulphur yellow canes with occasional green stripes near the bases
Colourful and robust with golden canes, green grooved and sometimes burnished red in young growth. Fully hardy and best grown in the open so the full spectacle of these brilliantly coloured stems can be properly seen
David Bisset bamboo
Fully hardy species. Splits from canes used for weaving in China. White striping on the culm
Tall growing bamboo with edible young shoots in spring and green canes. A good screening bamboo which, although it is fairly slow to form large clumps is not very invasive
Graceful arching habit, canes green at first becoming mottled dark brown or black. Prefers a sunny position
(Arundinaria auricoma) - very hardy bamboo growing up to 3 feet with purplish green canes and bright yellow and green foliage. Ideal for landscaping
Small leaves with creamy-white variegation. Weak runner
Inconsistent white striping on some leaves. This is a vigorous bamboo growing in dense clumps to 12-15 feet. Very hardy
(Arundinaria fortunei) - low tufted species forming dense thickets. Suitable for rock garden, 2-3' tall, silver variegated
The hardiest and most commonly used hedging bamboo which has seeded and died out in many Cornish gardens over recent years
Medium sized bamboo with broad palmate leaves, growing up to 6-7' tall. Makes an excellent hedge or windbreak. New shoots form a favourite food for Pandas
(Arundinaria vagans) - quick spreading hardy and dense bamboo with attractive light green new shoots and leaves. Grows to a maximum of 3 feet
Grows to about 5 feet eventually in a dense round clump and is totally hardy. Less vigorous than S. palmata and less invasive. The leaf edges show some bleaching in winter
Compact habit, leaves tinged gold when grown in full sun