Gardenforms

Plant Photo Library

BAMBOO (Tall Grasses)
In reference of "Gardenforms Landscape Plant Guide", Chapter 10

Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr' (syn. B. glaucescens 'Alphonse Karr')
(ALPHONSE KARR BAMBOO)
Climate Zone: 5, 6, 8-10, 13-24; indoors, pots; (borderline in zone 12)
Exposure: Sun to partial, but can tolerate shade
Character:
Clumping
Watering: Low to moderate
Growth Rate: Fast (non-invasive)
Height/Width: 15-35' (8-10' controlled) x indefinite width
Trunk (Culm): 0.5-1" dia., pink to then yellow or orange
Foliage:
Green striped mid-green leaves on yellow
Uses:

  • Shade Tolerate
  • Indoor Use
  • Deer Resistant
  • Extreme Fire Risk
  • Clipped Hedge
Photo Taken: 
Bambusa oldhamii (GIANT TIMBER BAMBOO)
Climate Zone: 5, 6, 8-10, 13-24; H1, H2; or indoors, pots; (borderline in zone 12)
Exposure: Sun to shade
Character:
Clumping
Watering: Low to moderate
Growth Rate: Slow growth rate until established (fast growing) thereafter (non-invasive)
Height/Width: 20-55' (15-25' controlled) x 15-20' wide
Trunk (Culm): 3-4" dia., mid to dark green that will turn golden-brown (full sun)
Foliage:
Bright green leaves that turn yellow (fall)
Uses:

  • Shade Exposure
  • Foliage Chaning Color
  • Indoor Use
  • Deer Resistant
  • Extreme Fire Risk
Photo Taken: Laguna Beach, CA
Bambusa tuldoides (PUNTING POLE BAMBOO)
Climate Zone:
Exposure:
Character:

Watering:
Growth Rate:
Height/Width:
Trunk (Culm):
Foliage:
Uses:
  • Indoor Use (possibly)
  • Extreme Fire Risk
  • Deer Resistant
  • Clipped Hedge
Photo Taken: San Marino, CA (Huntington Botanical Gardens)
Otatea acuminata aztecorum (MEXICAN WEEPING BAMBOO)
(sold also as: Arthrostylidium longifolium, Yushania aztecorum)
Climate Zone: 5, 6, 8-10, 13-24; H1, H2; indoors, pots; (borderline in zone 12)
Exposure: Sun to shade
Character:
Clumping
Watering: Moderate to high
Growth Rate: Fast (non-invasive)
Height/Width: 10-20' (8-10' controlled) x 10-12 wide
Trunk (Culm): 1.5" dia., light green
Foliage:
Light bluish green to lime green (weeping effect)
Uses:

  • Shade Exposure
  • Indoor Use
  • Slope Planting (possibly)
  • Deer Resistant
  • Extreme Fire Risk
  • Clipped Hedge
Photo Taken: 
Phyllostachys nigra (BLACK BAMBOO)
Climate Zone: 4-9, 11-24; H1, H2; or pots; (borderline in zone 10)
Exposure: Sun to partial; shade tolerate during youth
Character:
Running
Watering: Low to moderate
Growth Rate: Slow to fast (slow growth rate until established)
Height/Width: 10-15'+ (4-8' controlled) x 15-25' wide
Trunk (Culm): 1.5" dia., deep green to shiny black (in its second year)
Foliage:
Rich green
Uses:

  • Shade Tolerate (during youth)
  • Invasive (possibly)
  • Deer Resistant
  • Extreme Fire Risk
  • Clipped Hedge
Photo Taken: Sausalito, CA (SWA Group)
Pleioblastus variegata (DWARF WHITESTRIPE BAMBOO)
(sold also as: Sasa fortunei, Sasa variegata)
Climate Zone: 5, 6, 8-24; H1, H2; or pots; (borderline in zones 4, 7)
Exposure: Sun to shade
Character:
Running
Watering: Moderate
Growth Rate: Fast
Height/Width: 2-3' (1-2' controlled) x 4-5'+ wide
Trunk (Culm): 0.25" dia., and covered with leaves
Foliage:
Dark green with cream stripes
Uses:

  • Shade Exposure
  • Deer Resisant
  • Extreme Fire Risk
  • Clipped Hedge
Photo Taken: Kensington, CA
Authors Note:
Climate Zones listed for Bamboo's have been researched and interpreted by the author based upon the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map in compared with the Sunset Western Garden Book Climate Zones.