• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast growing to 3 to 6 ft. tall, if contained, otherwise to 45 ft. tall.
    Key Feature:
    Asian Garden
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:bam-BU-sa ven-tri-KO-sa
    Plant type:Bamboo
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast growing to 3 to 6 ft. tall, if contained, otherwise to 45 ft. tall.
    Special features:Clumping Bamboo
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Inconspicuous
    Design IdeasBamboo is among the primary signature plant of Asian inspired garden. It is also equally at home in tropical island design themes. In the landscape it can be used as a clump of vertical poles for a columnar element. It has long been choice for creating fast growing barriers, screens and privacy hedges between properties. This has led to some problems with invasiveness. Bamboo also makes a fine background foliage plant to provide a lush character. Pruned properly these plants make fine subjects for night lighting, their canes casting exotic striped shadows. Bamboo is quite adaptable to containers provided it is given adequate water and nitrogen to sustain vigorous growth and overall lush appearance.
    Companion PlantsFor Asian garden themes, combine bamboo with Getsutoku Azalea, (Azalea satsuki 'Getsutoku'), Seiryu Japanese Maple, (Acer palmatum 'Seiryu'), Cheal's Weeping Cherry, (Prunus serrulata 'Kiku-shidare-zakura') and Dwarf Mugo Pine, (Pinus mugo pumilio). For bold looks in modern gardens, group with Bauer's Dracaena, (Cordyline 'Baueri'), Hardy Japanese Fiber Banana, (Musa basjoo) and Giant Bird of Paradise, (Strelitzia nicolai).
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Bamboo plants are in fact grasses and fall into this family along with wheat and turf species. Classification is difficult because bamboos flower so rarely, so many of these plants share a convoluted ancestry in the botanical references. The genus is a large one, classified by German botanist Johan von Schreber around 1800. About 100 species are spread through tropical and subtropical regions of Asia anywhere it is a commercial crop. This species is native to China and Taiwan where it is cultivated for timber.
    Lore:
    Bamboo is a valuable natural resource in Asia where almost everything from hair pins to houses are created from its wood. The new shoots of bamboo before they emerge from the ground are soft in the center and edible, harvested for use in many traditional dishes.