Hardy Bamboo - Knowledgebase Question

shippenville, PA
Question by danelee
January 18, 1998
I live in Zone 5 and am interested in growing a tall non-invasive bamboo. What types would be best and
where could I order?

Answer from NGA
January 18, 1998


Here are a few sources for you to contact:

White Flower Farm (in CT); ph# 800/503-9624; www.whiteflowerfarm.com

Upper Bank Nurseries, PO Box 486, Media, PA 19063

Burt Associates Bamboo, PO Box 719-N, Westford, MA 01886; ph# 508/692-3240

Remember to be very careful with bamboo as some species and varieties are VERY noxious, aggressive weeds. Be SURE what you choose is not the invasive type. There are some that
form clumps and are relatively well behaved.

The book "Ornamental Grasses", by Carole Ottesen, suggests the variety Blue Clump Bamboo (Sinarundinaria nitida, also called Fargesia nitida and Arundinaria nitida) as a shade-loving, evergreen, clumping bamboo that is hardy to minus 20F if sheltered from srong winds. It grows to a height of aboaut 20 feet. The book also recommends David Bisset bamboo (Phyllostachys bissetii) as one of the hardiest; it reaches a height of 20 feet. I'm not sure, however, if the above sources carry these varieties.

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