Bamboo for Landscapes
With so many types of bamboo to choose from, choosing the right variety for your specific landscape aplication may seem overwelming. It certainly is not. Selecting the right bamboo for the landscape is simple. Follow these 2 simple guidelines for success:
1. Know your hardiness zone. Many ornate bamboo is tropical in nature and does not like freezing temps. Make sure the bamboo species can hold up to typical winter lows in your area. Many Tropical clumping bamboo species are quite cold hearty into the 20s and are able to withstand deep freezes into Alabama and Missisippi & south Carolina. All bamboo species are displayed with their minimum temperature.
2. Size matters. Bamboo comes in clump sizes from 8' to 50' with clump diameter from a few canes to a 12' diameter clump. Read the product descriptions carefully and choose a variety that is realistic to your size requirements. Remember ALL bamboo can be topped anually to controll its height. A bamboo cane only needs to be cut onceat its desired height, and it will grow no more. Thinning out new shoots to limit the vigor of the clump is another technique used to use large bamboo in smaller landscape setting.