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unusual and collectable bamboos for the bamboo enthusiast
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At Bamboo Garden, we have gathered many unusual bamboos over the years that may be hard to find elsewhere.  Recently we created this page in order to help collectors and bamboo enthusiasts keep up to date with some our more recent introductions that are available now or in the near future. We will update this list periodically with links to new pages describing individual plants, and other information. As always, don't hesitate to call or email if you have any questions. We also have a wait-list if there is a particular plant you are interested in, but is not available immediately. Plants marked with * are not on our regular price list, contact us if you are interested. To view our complete bamboo collection list see link: total collection
Borinda, Chusquea, Drepanostachyum, Himalayacalamus Fargesia, Thamnocalamus, Yushania Phyllostachys Other genera
 

Borinda albocerea

* Borinda frigidorum
Height: 20'
Diameter: 1 inch
Hardiness: 5̊ F
Recommended for USDA zone 7-9 A cold-hardy naturally deciduous bamboo with decorative red culm sheathes. Leaves are small, giving it a delicate appearance. Collected in Yunnan around 12,000 feet.

Borinda fungosa 'White Cloud'
Height: 15'
Diameter: 1 inch
Hardiness: 20̊ F
Recommended for USDA zone 8-9  Slightly shorter than the species, with white-variegated leaves, somewhat akebono in pattern, creating a soft cloud-like appearance. Grown from seed in the US.

Borinda hygrophilla
Chang Shang 3

Height: 20' Diameter: .75 inch
Hardiness: 10̊ F
Recommended for USDA zone 8-9   Similar to B. perlonga; has very long culm sheathes that can extend up as far as two nodes. New culms are blue-green with vertical striations. Reported to have equal, if not greater hardiness to B. macclureana.

Borinda lushiensis (Yunnan 4)

Borinda macclureana
(KR 5177)

Borinda macclureana "Grossa"
Height: 20'
Diameter: 1 inch
Hardiness: 10̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 8-9
Most likely a variation of B. macclureana from the Keith Rushford collection. Has shown superior cold-hardiness to the regular B. macclureana here at our nursery, although it still suffers some leaf damage in cold weather.

Borinda muliensis
Height: 6'  Diameter: .25 inch Hardiness: 10̊ F  Recommended for USDA zone 7-9
A dwarf, naturally deciduous Borinda. The leaves turn an attractive yellow color in the fall before dropping.

Borinda nujiangensis

Borinda papyrifera
(Stapleton 1046)

* Borinda perlonga (Yunnan 6)
Height: 20 Diameter: 1.5 inches Hardiness: 15̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 9  
Very long, pink-tan culm sheathes and bright blue new culms; leaves are broad and light green on shorter branches, giving the bamboo a very bushy appearance. Has an upright growth habit and a tight base.

Borinda sp. 'Willow' (KR5288)

* Borinda yulongshanensis (Linder form)  
Height: 16' Diameter: 1 inch Hardiness: 0̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 7-9  Blue-green new canes mature to purple; culm sheathes are purple with cream spotting. Very promising, cold hardiness unsurpassed by other Borinda. Collected at elevations over 13,000 feet, from Yunnan province.

Chusquea andina 
Height: 12' Diameter: 1 inch Hardiness: 0̊ F  Recommended for USDA zone 7-9 
One of the highest-altitude Chusqueas. Small, leathery, powder-blue leaves cluster tightly on short branches, giving it a furry appearance. We currently have many different plants from seed, some showing good cold-hardiness.

Chusquea cummingii seedlings
Height: 10'  Diameter: .8 inch Hardiness: 10̊ F
Recommended for USDA zone 8-9   Grown from seed at our nursery. Long arching branches with very small, aggressively spiky leaves. Native to exposed hillsides in Chile; has a naturally clambering habit. Makes a nice green alternative to barbed wire.

Chusquea culeou 'Cana Prieta'

Chusquea culeou 'Hillier'

Chusquea culeou 'Argentina'
Height: 15' Diameter: 1.3 inches Hardiness: 5̊ F  Recommended for USDA zone 8-9
Longer branches than the straight C. culeou; considered to be a seedling variation collected from southern Argentina. May be among the more hardy forms of C. culeou once it progresses into a mature growth pattern.

Chusquea culeou 'Big Mac'
Height: 18'  Diameter: 1.3 inches Hardiness: 5̊ F
Recommended for USDA zone 8-9  A form of C. culeou with shorter branches and upright growth. Oringinally came to us as C. machrostachya, but later reclassified as another variation of the diverse species, C. culeou.

Chusquea delicatula

Chusquea mimosa 'Australis'
Height: 15' Diameter: 1 inch Hardiness: 20̊ F
Recommended for USDA zone 9-10  A less hardy Chusquea with small, delicate leaves; new culms are bright red, aging to green with burgundy peppering. Large, graceful weeping stature.

Chimonocalamus pallens
Height: 26' Diameter: 1.5 inches Hardiness: 15̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 9-10
An upright clumper with node thorns and blue-green new culms that take on tones of orange in the fall. Native to Yunnan Province, China. Has excellent tasting shoots. A promising, sun tolerant clumper, but not hardy enough to tolerate an average winter in PNW.

Drepanostachyum khasianum
Height: 15' Diameter: .75 inch Hardiness: 25̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 9
A semi-upright clumper with blue new culms and delicate foliage. Can have as many as 70 branches per node. Deep red ring fading to green above each node. Not very cold hardy unfortunately.

Drepanostachyum sengteeanum
Height: 20+ ? Diameter: 1 inch Hardiness: 20̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 8-9
A hardier Drepanostachyum with light green culms and small, narrow, feathery foliage. Has a very airy appearance. Suffers moderate leaf loss during a frosty weather event.

Himalayacalamus asper
Height: 20' Diameter: 1 inch Hardiness: 15̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 8-9
An beautiful, willow shaped clumper with tiny, delicate leaves with a rounded taper; the culms will turn a deep red and orange with morning sun exposure.

Himalayacalamus hookerianus

 

 

* Fargesia adpressa
Height: 18'  Diameter: 1 inch Hardiness: 15̊ F
Recommended for USDA zone 8-9   Has an upright growth habit, similar branching and leaf pattern to F. robusta, but with purplish culms and makes a slightly more open clump. Not as cold hardy as F. robusta, unfortunately.

Fargesia demissa 'Gerry'

Fargesia denudata Xian I

Height: 16' Diameter: .5 inch Hardiness: -5̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 6-9
New culms are covered in a heavy bluish wax; leaves are small on short branches. Believed to be a new generation Fargesia.

Fargesia denudata Xian II

Fargesia dracocephala 'White Dragon'

Fargesia fractiflexa YJ-1
Height: 10' Diameter: .5 inch
Hardiness: 10̊ F  Recommended for USDA zone 8-9
Has narrow leaves and a slight zigzag to the culms; the canes are used for weaving. The culm blades curl back around the canes. A food source for the giant panda. Thought to be the evergreen form of B. fridgidorum (Demoly)

Fargesia nitida 'Black Betty'
Height: 12' ? Diameter: .75 inch Hardiness: -20̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 5-9
A seedling F. nitida discovered at our nursery with unusually dark, almost black, purple canes and fine foliage. Ned Jaquith, 2008

Fargesia nitida 'Little Ruby' Height: 9' Diameter: .5 inch Hardiness: -20̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 5-9
A shorter F. nitida found at our nursery with wine-red culms. Ned Jaquith, 2008

Fargesia murielae 'Humboldt'
Height: 5' ? Diameter: .25 inch Hardiness: -20̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 5-9
A dwarf form of F. murielae; ideal for groundcover planting and small yards.

Fargesia murielae 'Mae'
Height: 10' ? Diameter: .5 inch Hardiness: -20̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 5-9
Seedling from Mike Bell. New Generation F. murielae.

Fargesia murielae 'Picturatum' Height: 10' ? Diameter: .5 inch Hardiness: -20̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 5-9
New generation grown from seed in Germany by Max Reidelshimer.

Fargesia murielae 'Vampire'
Height: 14'  Diameter: .75 inch Hardiness: -20̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 5-9
A more sun-tolerant form of F. murielae with branches that turn either cherry red or plum purple with exposure to summer sun. Still prefers afternoon shade. New generation.

Fargesia robusta 'Wenchuan'

Fargesia robusta 'Wolong'

Fargesia sp. Jiuzhaigou I

Fargesia sp. Jiuzhaigou II

Fargesia sp. Jiuzhaigou IV

Fargesia sp. Jiuzhaigou VII
Height: 9' Diameter: .5 inch Hardiness: -20̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 5-9
Culms take on a tin color as they age. New generation. Shorter form. Stature not known.

Fargesia sp. Jiuzhaigou IX
Height: 16'  Diameter: .75 inch Hardiness: -20̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 5-9
One of the tallest, most vigorous forms of Jiuzhaigou; the culms start out reddish and fade to purple as they age. Shows promise.

Fargesia sp. Jiuzhaigou X

Fargesia sp. Jiuzhaigou  Genf

Comparing different 'Jiuzhaigou' forms

*Fargesia sp. 'Scabrida'
"Silver Dragon"  
Height: 12' Diameter: .75 inch
Hardiness:-10 ̊ F  Recommended for USDA zone 6-9
A variegated form of F. sp. 'Scabrida' found at our nursery. Has bright, narrow white stripes on the foliage, especially evident in the spring as new leaves unfurl. Colors fade somewhat by summer. Not heavily variegated, but does provide a nice frosting of bright foliage. Similar to F. sp. 'Dracocephala' 'White Dragon', but stripes more defined, rather than akebono style. Found by Noah Bell, 2008

*Fargesia sp. Taibashan II
Height: 12' Diameter: .75 inch Hardiness:-10 ̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 6-9
A Fargesia with purple new culms; has a similar appearance to F. nitida, but with a more upright growth habit. Leaves are also broader. Strong cold hardiness and great color. Shows promise.

Thamnocalamus crassinodus 'Dwarf'
Height: 8' Diameter: .5 inch Hardiness: 10̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 9
New culms are a pale blue, although shooting is not as prolific as in other cultivars. Grows from a tight base and has an arching habit.

Thamnocalamus crassinodus 'Gosainkund'
Height: 18' Diameter: 1 inch Hardiness: 15̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 8-9
An open Thamnocalamus with the most powdery blue-grey new canes of any of the T. crassinodus varieties. The foliage is slightly larger than the species, but still small enough to give the bamboo a feathery appearance. Culms will age to a wine color with morning sun exposure.

Thamnocalamus crassinodus 'Lang Tang'
Height: 10' Diameter: .8 inch Hardiness: 15̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 8-9
A shorter T. crassinodus with blue new canes that fade to green. Has a more weepy habit than many T. crassinodus varieties, and a stocky appearance. The leaves are the smallest of any of the Thamnocalamus, giving it a very delicate, airy appearance.

Thamnocalamus crassinodus 'Mendocino'
Height: 16' Diameter: .8 inch Hardiness: 5̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 8-9 
A form with large blue-green drooping leaves and fairly upright growth; one of the more vigorous forms of T. crassinodus. Grown from seed in USA.

Thamnocalamus crassinodus 'Merlyn'

Thamnocalamus spathiflorus 'Nyalam'

Yushania brevipaniculata

* Yushania brevipaniculata ‘Wolong’
Height: 8' Diameter: .75 inch Hardiness: 5̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 8-9
An open clumper with tiny narrow leaves and an upright habit, giving it an airy, refined appearance. Like the species, it is tolerant of a wide range of soils and light levels. A food source for the giant panda.

Yushania exilis
Height: 16' +Diameter: 1 inch
Hardiness: 5̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 8-9
A smaller-leaved Yushania; culms turn an attractive plum-purple with age and exposure. Collected around 4900 feet in Yunnan, China. Similar in appearance to B. boliana. If this turns out to be more hardy, it could hold a lot of promise.

Yushania maculata
Height: 12'  Diameter: .75 inch Hardiness: 5̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 8-9
New culms have a ghostly bluish cast before aging to olive green; long narrow leaves give it an aristocratic appearance. One of the more upright Yushanias. From Yunnan and Sichuan; collected around 9800 feet. Suffered some foliage damage at 8F, but recovered very well.

Yushania sp. Climbing
(Yunnan 5)

 

 

Phyllostachys arcana 'Luteosulcata'

* Phyllostachys aurea 'Albovariegata'
Height: 15' Diameter: 1.5 inches Hardiness: 0̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 7-10
A white-variegated form that vanished when the cultivar flowered in 1999; just recently rediscovered. Heavy variegation gives the bamboo a very silvery, cloudlike appearance. Most colorful in the spring time. Has hints of orange, similar to P. bambusoides 'Richard Haubrich'.

Phyllostachys aurita
Height: 20',  Diameter: 1.5 inches Hardiness: 0̊ F,   Recommended for USDA zone 7-10
A shorter Phyllostachys that has waxy new shoots and hairy nodes. The culms seem to be strong and upright, and may belong to the water bamboo group (P. heteroclada, atrovaginata, nidularia, etc.)

Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Harbin'

Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Harbin Inversa'

Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Lama Temple'

Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Albovariegata'

Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Kawadana'

Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Marliac'

Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Richard Haubrich'

* Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Tanake'  Height: 30'  Diameter: 2 inches  Hardiness: 0̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 7-10
The culms start out green, then get irregular brown-purple spots and streaks as they mature, with the markings being heaviest on the lower parts of the culms. Markings are more irregular than P. glauca ‘Yunzhu’ and larger and darker than P. Nigra ‘Bory’.

Phyllostachys bissetii 'Dwarf'
Height: 15' Diameter: 1.5 inches Hardiness: -10̊ F  Recommended for USDA zone 5-10
Not all that dwarf, but a form that will stay shorter even in warmer climates. May be more cold-hardy than the regular P. bissetii.

*Phyllostachys edulis 'Bicolor'
"Bicolor Moso"

Height: 60' Diameter: 6 inches Hardiness: 5̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 8-10
One of the most striking of the timber bamboos; the culms are gold with a green sulcus and glow in the sunlight filtered through the fine leaves. The size and bright coloring of the culms make it a striking plant to view in a mature grove. Moso has most beautiful foliage pattern of any large bamboo. Bicolor is slow to establish. Allow a lot of time for this one to mature. A little less hardy than regular Moso.

Phyllostachys edulis 'Gold Stripe'

Phyllostachys flexuosa 'Spring Beauty'

Phyllostachys heteroclada 'Solid Stem'

* Phyllostachys kwangsiensis
Height: 40'+  Diameter: 3 inches Hardiness: 0̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 7-10
Has velvet-soft new culms, much like P. edulis, but a more weeping habit. Unlike P. edulis, it will size up relatively quickly even in colder climates. Has recently gone into full flower at our nursery. We have germinated several new seedlings so hopefully will develop some interesting new cultivars of this species to trial.

* Phyllostachys lithophila
Height: 40' Diameter: 3 inches Hardiness: 0̊ F  Recommended for USDA zone 7-10
A bamboo native to Taiwan, where it is often used for construction. The new spring shoots are a pale blue, with dark, splotchy culm sheaths before aging to green by summer. A promising new bamboo for pole production.

Phyllostachys makinoi

* Phyllostachys nidularia 'Farcta'
Height: 30', Diameter: 1.5 inches Hardiness: -5̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 6-10
The lower parts of the culms are completely solid, the upper parts nearly so. The nodes are also more pronounced, giving this bamboo a classic look. Very strong wood.

Phyllostachys nigra 'Daikokuchiku'
Height: 40' Diameter: 3 inches Hardiness: 5̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 7-10
A form of P. nigra from Folsom, California; Reportedly grows larger and turns black more quickly than the species.

Phyllostachys nigra 'Shimadake'
Height: 30'  Diameter: 2.5 inches Hardiness: 5̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 7-10
The green culms age to a silver grey, gradually developing black pinstripes along the internodes with age. Coloring is interesting but sometimes not consistent.

Phyllostachys nigella
Height: 20' Diameter: 1.5 inches Hardiness: 5F  Recommended for USDA zone 7-10
The new culms have a heavy white powder; eventually aging to yellow-green. New shoots come up in May, and have purple and brown culm sheathes. Large diameter culms in relation to height. Interesting new shoots. Think miniature dulcis or vivax.

Phyllostachys parvifolia

Phyllostachys praecox 'Viridisulcata'

Phyllostachys vivax 'Basinigra'

Phyllostachys vivax 'Huangwenzhu'

Phyllostachys vivax 'Huangwenzhu Inversa'

 

 

Arundinaria fangiana

Arundinaria gigantea 'Macon' Height: 20'  Diameter: 1.5 inches Hardiness: -10̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 5-10
More cold-hardy than the species, with a more upright growth habit; will hold its leaves even in very cold temperatures.

Arundinaria tecta
syn. A. gigantea
'Tecta'
Height: 6'  Diameter: .5 inch Hardiness: -5̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 6-10
A short, bushy Arundinaria; adapted to more boggy soils. Has air canals in the rhizomes, allowing it to be submerged in water for short periods of time. Used to be considered a subspecies of A. gigantea, but was recently classed as a separate species.

* Bambusa multiplex 'Delicatula'

* Chimonobambusa heijangensis
Height: 15' Diameter: 1 inch Hardiness: 10̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 8-10
We grew this one from seed and it seems to size up quickly, have upright form, and many similar features to C. quadrangularis. The culm sheaths on the new shoots are yellow in color.  Hardiness untested, but could be interesting, especially if it proves to be more cold hardy than C. quadrangularis.

Chimonobambusa macrophylla 'Intermedia'
Height: 10' Diameter: 1 inch Hardiness: 5̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 7-10
Like Q. tumidissinoda, the nodes are swollen; however the swelling is not as prominent and the leaves are bigger. A good hedge bamboo. Probably among the most hardy of the Chimonobambusa genus.

*Chimonobambusa szechuanensis 
Height: 19'  Diameter: 1 inch
Hardiness: 10̊ F
Recommended for USDA zone 8-10  A shorter Chimonobambusa with leaves and canes that tend to develop a reddish or purplish coloration. Has small root thorns at each node. Extremely prolific grower.
Found on Mt. Emei, China.

Indocalamus hamadae

* Indosasa crassiflora
Height: 20' Diameter: 1.5 inch Hardiness: 5̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 8-9 
Culms are solid, or nearly so; a very upright bamboo with medium-sized leaves and a prominent ring of wax at each node. From Ted Meridith.

* Otatea accuminata 'Aztecorum'
Height: 20' Diameter: 1.5 inches Hardiness: 22̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 9-10
A large-caned tropical clumper from Mexico. Leaves are long but less than half an inch wide, and hang from the semi-pendulous branches, giving the bamboo a feathery, furry appearance unequaled by any other species.

Pleioblastus akebono

* Pseudosasa cantorii
Height: 16'  Diameter: 1.25 inch Hardiness: 0̊ F  Recommended for USDA zone 7-10
Native to China’s southern costal provences of Guangdong and Fujian; found at elevations of less than 1600 ft. Canes are strong and used to make furniture.

Pseudosasa longiligula

Pseudosasa japonica 'Akebonosuji'

* Pseudosasa japonica 'Pleioblastoides'
Height: 18'  Diameter: 1 inch Hardiness: 0̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 7-10
A form of Pseudosasa that rapidly develops secondary branches, up to 3 per node, giving it a much denser growth habit.

Pseudosasa owatarii

Pseudosasa usawai

Sasa hayatae (S. veitchii minor)

Sasamorpha borealis

Semiarundinaria sp. 'Korea'

Semiarundinaria sp. 'Fall Red'

* Semiarundinaria yamadori 'Brimscomb'
Height: 25' Diameter: 1.25 inches Hardiness: 0̊ F Recommended for USDA zone 7-10
Yellowish light green color tones. The young leaves are yellow with green striping; the color fades to green with age.

Shibataea chinensis

* Shibataea nanpingensis

Sinobambusa intermedia

* Sinobambusa tootsik 'Albovariegata'
Height: 30' Diameter: 1.5 inch Hardiness: 15̊ F
Recommended for USDA zone 9-10    Native to southern China; introduced to Japan during the Tang dynasty. Leaves are highly variegated in cream colored stripes.  Slightly smaller than the species. Makes a great topiary specimen because the short branches produce dense foliage. This is a stunning plant and one of the best choices for a variegated bamboo. Needs a mild climate to thrive.

 

Timber Bamboo  (Phyllostachys)   
30 to 70 ft. tall
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15 to 30 ft tall
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6 to 25 ft. tall
Cold-sensitive Clumping Bamboo
 6 to 50 ft. tall
Other Running Bamboo               
6 to 25 ft. tall
Small Running Bamboo                
1 to 8 ft. tall
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