Bamboo

We have many varieties of bamboo for sale, both clumpers and runers. In addition, we have over a dozen mature groves in our nursery where customers can stroll and explore. Our staff can help you choose the right bamboo for your garden, help you decide how to contain it, and give advice on planting and growing this wonderful plant.

We have divided our bamboo into 3 categories; short running bamboos, tall running bamboos, and clumping bamboos.

Clumping bamboos are not invasive and do not require special barriers or containment.  Some are less hardy than running bamboos and are more suitable to the Sacramento Valley and low Foothill regions.  We also have  hardier clumping bamboos that take will take more cold. Check our Clumping Bamboo page for details. 

Short running bamboos are hardy and since they often grow naturally in the wild as understory plants in a forest setting, they usually prefer a shadier location. They are excellent for erosion control and are great ground cover plants under pines because the leafy foliage hides the fallen needles well. In the fall and winter, many can be clipped or mowed to keep the plant tidy. As with many other garden plants, short running bamboos may spread into surrounding planting beds but because of their small stature, they can usually be dug and removed with a shovel, strong arms and persistance. The irrational fear of all bamboos has caused gardeners to unnecessarily avoid the use of this beautiful and valuable small garden plant.

Tall running bamboos are hardy and most will take sun or light shade. When planting, the gardener should remember that the total future mass of the plant can be similar to a large tree like a redwood or possibly even an entire grove of trees. Bamboo should be given the same careful planning and thought as a full sized tree. Barriers should be considered if the bamboo is being planted in an area where it can invade surrounding gardens or planting beds. Alternative methods are available in certain specific areas and we can offer suggestions and help for interested customers. But with forethought and planning, even tall running bamboo can be grown sucessfully in your garden, bringing a beauty and pleasure that only bamboo provides.

All bamboos can be grown successfully in containers and pots are an especially attractive way to grow running bamboos. Many running bamboos are especially attractive and their roots can be easily contained by growing them in containers. Black bamboo is a favorite for a large container where the glossy black stalks can be viewed up close.   

Dwarf Bamboo

Dwarf bamboos are understory plants and prefer to be shaded from hot afternoon sun. Some prefer mostly shade, while others may take some morning sun if not placed against hot walls or other excessively sunny conditions. These are some of Laurie’s favorites and have a wide landscape use. They provide interest in the garden with attractive foliage, leaves which make a nice rustling noise in a breeze, and easy care.Pleioblastus humulis -very attractive short bamboo, especially when used as a ground cover. Dark green leaves. Usually a knee-high groundcover but can possibly grow up to 10′ with ideal conditions. Possibly but unlikely in this region. We prefer to cut or mow it in the winter to keep it tidy.  One of Laurie’s favorites. Prefers partial shade or morning sun with afternoon shade.Pleioblastus viridistriatus -“Dwarf Green Striped Bamboo”. Extremely attractive in spring and early summer when the leaves are golden yellow with green stripes. Can be mowed in winter to encourage new brightly colored leaves in spring. Beautiful in the garden or in a pot, as well as a ground cover. Usually grows to about 3′ or less. Prefers partial shade or limited morning sun with afternoon shade. A nursery favorite each spring when the leaves first unfurl-everyone loves the striking springtime-chartreuse colors. Call first to check stock since this is something we stock primarily in the spring. Shibataea kumasaca -to 7′ but usually about half that size, about 3′ or so. Unique bamboo with zig zag nodes. Prefers acid soil. Makes a great short hedge, mounding garden shrub, or container plant. A nursery favorite. Soft look in a shady location. Very attractive. Prefers shade or filtered light in this area but can take a moderate amount of morning sun with sufficient water and deep soil. The foliage on this has a lovely sweet aroma that permeates the air on warm days. Try it in a container on a patio.

Tall Running Bamboo

Chimonobambusa tumidissinoda -Walking Stick Bamboo A rare bamboo with super-cool inflated culm nodes. Used for make unique walking sticks. Graceful and beautiful bamboo. To 20′ tall, but usually less, with 1.3″ culms. Hardy to 10 degrees. Best in partial shade or morning sun and afternoon shade. Nice in a container where the unusual stalks can be appreciated. A customer favorite; customers have driven long distances to get this plant. We have a small grove of Walking Stick Bamboo growing in a secluded place in the back of our nursery.Phyllostachys aurea – Golden Bamboo  A common and widely cultivated bamboo. To 27′ tall with 1 1/2″ culms. Culms are green to yellow-green to yellowish. Hardy to 0 degrees. Can be very invasive so care should be taken to either contain it with a barrier when planted, or plant it where it can spread. However, when properly contained, this bamboo is probably the best and fastest screen or hedge with thick growth from the ground to the top of the plant. Grows in full sun or some shade. There are two bamboos growing in our parking lot. The smaller screen of bamboo is golden bamboo. This is a fast growing bamboo to grow as a privacy screen. We usually have this bamboo in stock and can order large quantities for extensive landscape jobs.Phyllostachys aureosulcata – Yellow Groove Bamboo This great bamboo has 2″ culms that emerge green with a yellow groove and are rough to the touch. Some stalks have a fun zigzag kink! This bamboo can grow to 45′ tall. Very hardy to -10 degrees. Grows in sun or light shade. Makes a good screen. A mature grove is growing in the back of the nursery below the pond. You can see many of the peculiar zigzag stalks in this grove. Excellent screen. We not longer stock this bamboo but can order it.Phyllostachys bambusoides – Japanese Timber Bamboo A giant bamboo to 72′ tall with 6″ green culms. The culms are tall and straight with thick walls, and are desirable for building objects. Hardy to 5 degrees. Grows in sun or shade. A mature grove is growing in the nursery. A favorite bamboo. How could you not like a bamboo this big? We try to keep this in stock but please call ahead for availability and specific sizes.Phyllostachys bambusoides ‘Castillonis’ Castillon Bamboo This bamboo has 2″ golden yellow stalks with alternating green grooves and stripes. Some leaves are also striped. Very cool bamboo and a customer favorite. Makes a great screen. Great as a specimen near an entry where the amazing stripes can be viewed up close. To 35′ high. Hardy to 5 degrees. Grows well in full sun or light shade but striped leaves look best with some light shade in the hot afternoon. A mature grove is growing near our pond. We no longer stock this bamboo but we can order this for special requests. Phyllostachys glauca ‘Yunzhu’ Yunzhu Bamboo Uncommon/rare bamboo to 34′ tall with 2″ culms. Some culms have minor black mottling, hence one common name is ‘Leopard Bamboo’, but it is not a striking feature. Nice basic bamboo.  Very hardy to 0 degrees. Takes full sun or shade. We have enough in stock for a medium length screen. Also nice as a single plant. Small bushtit birds in our nursery often choose this bamboo to make their hanging nests.Phyllostachys heterocycla pubescens/ H. edulis – Moso Bamboo Largest of the hardy bamboos and used in China for food, timber, paper, plywood, flooring, etc. To 75′ tall with 7″ culms. Very hardy to 0 degrees. Can be slow to get established but this large bamboo seems to do exceptionally well in this area. Takes sun or shade. Out of stock at present, call for availability. Can be special ordered.Phyllostachys nigra – Black Bamboo One of the nursery’s most popular bamboos. The 2″ culms emerge green and turn black within the first year. Graceful habit and beautiful form. To 30′ tall. Very hardy to 0 degrees. Takes sun or shade. Should be contained within a barrier or planted in an area where it can spread. It can be invasive. Most black bamboos prefer a little shade in the heat of the afternoon, but will grow in full sun. In stock. This customer favorite is also a nursery staff favorite. A mature grove is growing behind the nursery barn.  We normally stock this bamboo as it’s popular.  Phyllostachys nuda – Snow Bamboo This extremely hardy bamboo (to -20 degrees!) has nearly 2″ dark green culms with a powdery overlay. To 34′ tall. Takes sun or shade. Attractive, elegant form. This is one of Laurie’s favorite bamboos. We no longer stock this bamboo but a mature grove is in the far back of the nursery.Phyllostachys stimulosa –This bamboo is noted for its prominent nodes. Can grow to about 25′ tall with 1.5″ stalks. Hardy to -5 degrees. Takes sun or some shade. Makes a good screen. In stock. Phyllostachys viridis ‘Houzeau’ This green stemmed bamboo grows to 45′ tall with 3″ stalks. The stalks have a yellow vertical groove. Very hardy to -5 degrees. Takes sun or some shade. A mature grove is growing just below our orchard. We no longer stock this bamboo. Call for availability.Phyllostachys viridis ‘Robert Young’ Robert Young Bamboo This bamboo has 3″ yellow stalks that emerge yellow green turning to gold as the stalks mature. Longitudinal green strips of variable width may stripe themselves on the internodes. Very hardy to 0 degrees. Takes full sun or some shade. A beautiful mature grove is growing in the back of the nursery. This is one of Laurie’s favorites.  Nice specimen bamboo. Limited numbers in stock.  Phyllostachys vivax Vivax Bamboo or Japanese Timber Bamboo This tall bamboo (to 70′) has 5″ green culms. Mature plants form open groves. Thin walls make this a poorer building material for Swiss Family Robinson style treehouses but the elegant stalks make this one of the most beautiful bamboos. Takes sun or some shade. A large, mature grove is growing behind the nursery barn. This is one of Laurie’s favorite bamboos. Call first to check availabilty.Semiarundinaria fastuosa – Narihira Bamboo, Temple Bamboo, Red Stemmed Bamboo. This bamboo is erect, straight, and narrow making it a great bamboo for a screen in a narrow area. The 1 1/2″ culms are green but turn a reddish or purplish-brown over time. This stately bamboo is 30′ tall. Considered less invasive than other running bamboos; it should still be contained. Very hardy to -5 degrees. Takes sun or shade. A long time nursery favorite. A large, lovely mature grove is growing in the back of our nursery. We no longer stock this bamboo but have a large specimen left. Semiarundinaria yashadake ‘Kimmei’ Golden Yashadake Bamboo Running bamboo with golden yellow stalks. Culms are 1.5″ mature on mature plants. To 25′ tall but usually less, around 15′.  Hardy to 5 degrees. Takes sun or shade. Considered less invasive than other running bamboos; it should still be contained. Mature shape is upright and growth is dense, making it an excellent screen. Graceful plant. In stock.

Clumping Bamboo

Clumping bamboos are NOT invasive. They send out very short underground stems very near the mother plant and growing them is similar to growing any other shrub or plant of similar size. They will NOT send out underground rhizomes that sprout all over your yard or your neighbors. Some clumping bamboos look like traditional upright bamboos with straight upright growth; others have arching stems and softer growth. It is important to look at pictures of mature bamboo of the variety you are interested in as many clumping bamboos appear soft and grasslike in the container but develop upright canes after planting. Hardiness recommendations are estimates and should be used as suggestions only. Actual hardiness will vary and are on the conservative side based on lowest recorded temperatures. Clumping Bamboos that will grow in the Sacramento Valley and Low Foothills: Otatea acuminate ‘Aztecorum’ -Mexican Weeping Bamboo A local favorite with narrow delicate leaves and weeping form. Half-hardy to 22 degrees; this plant is best in the Sacramento Valley and sheltered locations in the low Foothills. To 20′ tall with 1 1/2″ culms. Best in light shade to sun, but best with at least some shade in mid-afternoon in hot areas. Call for availability as we keep limited amounts of this in stock and frequently sell out. Bambusa oldhamii-Giant Timber Bamboo, Oldham’s Bamboo This is one of the two bamboos that is growing in our parking lot. This is the huge bamboo that is growing in a neat controlled clump. A second grove of Oldham’s Timber Bamboo is growing in our Koi Garden. This grove was planted about 5 years ago so visitors can get an idea of how fast a clumping bamboo can become established. Very tropical looking with 4″ diameter culms and upright growth. To 55′ tall. Half hardy to 21 degrees; this bamboo grows well in the Sacramento Valley and low Foothill areas such as Auburn where citrus can be grown. Takes full sun or light shade. Faye likes clumping bamboos and this is her favorite.Clumping Bamboos that will grow in the Sacramento Valley and Low to Mid-Foothills in Sun or Light ShadeBambusa multiplex ‘Alphonse Karr’ Alphonse Karr Bamboo A well mannered clumping bamboo to 25′ tall. 1 1/2″ culms are bright yellow with green verical striping. New stalks and shoots are an attactive pinkish color. A striking bamboo. Half hardy to 18 degrees; this bamboo can be grown in the Sacramento Valley and low Foothill areas such as Auburn. This is one of Laurie’s favorite clumping bamboos. A good basic bamboo that fits into most landscapes.We usually have this in stock. Bambusa multiplex ‘Silver Stripe’ Silver Stripe Bamboo Unusual clumping bamboo to 25′ tall. Green leaves striped with white with some striping on the culms as well. Half hardy to 18 degrees; this bamboo can be grown in the Sacramento Valley and low Foothill areas such as Auburn. We occasionally have this in stock but if you can wait, we can usually order this. Bambusa multiplex ‘Fernleaf’ Fernleaf Bamboo Small bamboo normally about 6′ in this area but can possibly reach 20′ when grown in rich deep soil in a warm climate. Delicate leaves give a more fern-like appearance than other bamboo. Arching culms give the plant a soft, ferny appearance. Small 1/2″ culms. Half-hardy to 18 degrees; this bamboo grows well in the Sacramento Valley and low Foothill areas such as Auburn. Takes full sun well but we love how it looks when grown in light shade or filtered light as the color is a richer green and the leaves are wider and more fern-like. Adaptable to just about any amount of light.Bambusa multiplex ‘Rivieroreum’ Chinese Goddess Bamboo Very small bamboo to 6′ or less with arching culms and soft, ferny, delicate foliage. Half hardy to 18 degrees; this bamboo grows well in the Sacramento Valley and low Foothill areas such as Auburn. Takes full sun well but we love how it looks when grown in light shade or filtered light as the color is a richer green and the leaves are wider and more fern-like. Adaptable to just about any amount of light.Clumping Bamboos that will grow at higher elevations

Bergobambos tesselata –Bergbambos This unusual clumping bamboo originates from South Africa.Upright growth to 16′ with 1′ culms. Frost can cause leaf tips to brown but this bamboo is actually hardy to 0 degrees and is hardy in all Foothill locations including Grass Valley and Nevada City. Takes either light sun or light shade in the Foothills but looks best with some light shade in the Sacramento Valley. Uncommon but we currently have a few in stock. A striking plant in the right location.