Click on the Tropical Bamboo choices below to learn more about each type.
Bambusa 'Lako' (Timor Black Bamboo)
Bambusa malingensis (Seabreeze Bamboo, Maling Bamboo)
Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr'
Bambusa oldhamii (Oldham's Bamboo)
Bambusa textilis gracilis (Slender Weaver's Bamboo, Graceful Bamboo)
Bambusa textilis 'Kanapaha' (Wong Chuk Bamboo, Royal Bamboo)
Bambusa textilis 'Mutabilis' (Emerald Bamboo)
Bambusa ventricosa 'Kimmei' (Kimmei Bamboo)
Bambusa vulgaris Vittata (Hawaiian Stripe Bamboo, Painted Bamboo, Hawaiian Golden Bamboo)
Bambusa vulgaris Wamin (Dwarf Buddha Belly Bamboo)
Dendrocalamus asper (Asper Bamboo)
Dendrocalamus brandisii (Sweet Dragon Bamboo, Teddy Bear Bamboo)
Dendrocalamus minor 'Amoenus' (Ghost Bamboo, Angel Mist Bamboo)
Otatea acuminata ssp. aztecorum (Mexican Weeping Bamboo)
Tropical Bamboo was a blessing for me to discover here in central Florida because the only kind I was familiar with was the running, very invasive kind that I'd known in Atlanta. I once transplanted a nice sample, dug from behind a rental house I owned. I loved the look of it, but over the next few years it tried to take over my front yard. I should have known better considering the source was an entire lot full of the beautiful erect leafy stuff. Now that I'm living in Florida, I've learned that the tropical kind stays in nice tight clumps and is not invasive like it's northern, unruly cousins. I also discovered there are many choices in leaf or culm color, height, culm diameter and speed of growth. I now have around 17 different varieties on this small city lot. Most I'm very happy with, but some I'm not. One in particular, Dendrocalamus asper, I'm ready to move elsewhere because it drops all its leaves in the occasional over night freezes we get here. The leaves make a nice mulch on the ground, but they also get stuck in the nearby large sharp agaves, making a real visual mess that's impossible to remove without ending up with bloody fingers. Moving established bamboo is not easy, so it's best to learn as much about a particular variety before placing it in the ground. Most of the others were placed around the perimeter of the property, making a wonderful natural barrier.
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