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Bamboo, a sub family of the grass family is found mainly in warm and moist tropical and warm temperate climates. It contains some of the fastest-growing plants on Earth, 36ins in 24 hours, though growth in temperate regions is more like 3-10cms (1.2-3.9ins) per day.

Unlike all trees, individual bamboo culms emerge at their full diameter and grow to their full height in a single growing season of 3-4 months. As the clump matures thicker and taller culms emerge each year until the plant reaches its characteristic limit.

Most bamboo species flower infrequently, at intervals as long as 60 or 120 years, These exhibit mass (or gregarious) flowering and any plant derived from the same stock will flower wherever it is located. After flowering the plant dies.


Further Reading....

  • Bamboo
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade - requires a sheltered location.
  • Additional Features - 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.
  • Garden Location/Conditions - Bog garden
  • Greenhouse / 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.
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - humus-rich.
  • Wet or boggy soil
  • Wildlife - Rabbit Resistant

Buy Varieties of BAMBOO

BAMBOO Chimonobambusa quadrangularis

BAMBOO Chimonobambusa quadrangularis  >

Commonly known as: Square-stemmed bamboo.
Rare species requiring shelter but which is highly invasive. New shoots can appear several feet from the old stems
Large £45.00 each

BAMBOO Chimonobambusa tumidissinoda

BAMBOO Chimonobambusa tumidissinoda  >

Commonly known as: Walking stick bamboo.
Dark green canes with pronounced nodes. Very vigorous
Large £45.00 each

BAMBOO Chusquea culeou  AWARD

BAMBOO Chusquea culeou  >

Hardy species forming dense clumps. Olive green canes grow 3-4 metres with the leafy branches in a bottlebrush effect
Large £50.00 each

BAMBOO Fargesia murielae 'Jumbo'  AWARD

BAMBOO Fargesia murielae 'Jumbo' >

Commonly known as: Umbrella bamboo.
Clump-forming bamboo with arching yellow-green canes. Can grow up to 3m in height or more
£22.50 each

BAMBOO Fargesia nitida

BAMBOO Fargesia nitida  >

Commonly known as: Fountain bamboo.
Slender canes up to around 12 feet. Good hedging plant
£20.00 each

BAMBOO Fargesia rufa  AWARD

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Commonly known as: Fountain bamboo.
Light green canes with red-brown sheathes. Clump-forming. Height to 2 m. Good for screening
£20.00 each

BAMBOO Indocalamus tessellatus  AWARD

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Commonly known as: Large-leaved bamboo.
Grows to 1 to 1.5 metres in height. Spreading
£20.00 each

BAMBOO Phyllostachys aurea  AWARD

BAMBOO Phyllostachys aurea  >

Commonly known as: 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
Medium £45.00 each
Large £65.00 each
Collect Only
Collect Only - Unfortunately this plant is too big to be sent by courier
It can only be purchased direct from the nursery.

BAMBOO Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Aureocaulis

BAMBOO Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Aureocaulis >

Commonly known as: Crookstem bamboo, Yellow-groove bamboo..
Sulphur yellow canes with occasional green stripes near the bases
Medium £45.00 each

BAMBOO Phyllostachys aureosulcata spectabilis  AWARD

BAMBOO Phyllostachys aureosulcata spectabilis >

Commonly known as: Crookstem bamboo.
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
Medium £45.00 each

BAMBOO Phyllostachys bissettii  AWARD

BAMBOO Phyllostachys bissettii  >

Commonly known as: David Bisset bamboo.
Fully hardy species. Splits from canes used for weaving in China. White striping on the culm
Medium £45.00 each

BAMBOO Phyllostachys flexuosa

BAMBOO Phyllostachys flexuosa  >

Commonly known as: Zigzag bamboo.
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
Medium £45.00 each

BAMBOO Phyllostachys nigra  AWARD

BAMBOO Phyllostachys nigra  >

Commonly known as: Black bamboo.
Graceful arching habit, canes green at first becoming mottled dark brown or black. Prefers a sunny position
Medium £45.00 each
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Availability yet to be determined - We don't yet know when or if this plant is coming back into stock
Large £70.00 each
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Collect Only - Unfortunately this plant is too big to be sent by courier
It can only be purchased direct from the nursery.

BAMBOO Pleioblastus auricomus

BAMBOO Pleioblastus auricomus  >

(Arundinaria auricoma) - very hardy bamboo growing up to 3 feet with purplish green canes and bright yellow and green foliage. Ideal for landscaping
individually £16.00 each, 3+ £14.00 each

BAMBOO Pleioblastus chino f. elegantissimus

BAMBOO Pleioblastus chino f. elegantissimus  >

Small leaves with creamy-white variegation. Weak runner
£19.00 each

BAMBOO Pleioblastus simonii 'Variegatus'

BAMBOO Pleioblastus simonii 'Variegatus' >

Inconsistent white striping on some leaves. This is a vigorous bamboo growing in dense clumps to 12-15 feet. Very hardy
£20.00 each

BAMBOO Pleioblastus variegatus  AWARD

BAMBOO Pleioblastus variegatus  >

(Arundinaria fortunei) - low tufted species forming dense thickets. Suitable for rock garden, 2-3' tall, silver variegated
individually £16.00 each, 3+ £14.00 each

BAMBOO Pseudosasa japonica  AWARD

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Commonly known as: Arrow bamboo.
The hardiest and most commonly used hedging bamboo which has seeded and died out in many Cornish gardens over recent years
Medium £45.00 each

BAMBOO Sasa palmata 'Nebulosa'

BAMBOO Sasa palmata 'Nebulosa'  >

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
£17.50 each
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Available late spring to early summer 2020 - These plants will be available again sometime in late spring/early summer depending on growing conditions.

BAMBOO Sasa palmata ramosa

BAMBOO Sasa palmata ramosa  >

(Arundinaria vagans) - quick spreading hardy and dense bamboo with attractive light green new shoots and leaves. Grows to a maximum of 3 feet
£14.50 each

BAMBOO Sasa palmata tsuboiana

BAMBOO Sasa palmata tsuboiana  >

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
£20.00 each
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Available autumn 2020 -

BAMBOO Sasa palmata veitchii

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Stems up to a maximum of 4 feet
£20.00 each

BAMBOO Shibataea kumasaca  AWARD

BAMBOO Shibataea kumasaca  >

Compact habit, leaves tinged gold when grown in full sun
£20.00 each

BAMBOO Yushania anceps

BAMBOO Yushania anceps  >

Commonly known as: Anceps bamboo.
(Arundinaria anceps) - ideal for screens and hedging although fairly rampant. Grows up to 3-3.5 metres and will withstand strong winds
£22.50 each

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