Please note that some of the bamboo listed my only be available in limited numbers and for short periods of time.
I appreciate that it is just my opinion but.................
Bamboo offer some of the most stately and architectural evergreen plants that can be added to any garden. It would appear that due to miss selling and inadequate labelling of invasive species all bamboo's have acquired a bad reputation. There are some that will take over your garden, (and you neighbours) and there are some that will most definitely not.
We sell a wide range of bamboo with various habits, behaviour and size depending on your available room and required appearence but if you are looking for something reliably 'clump forming' Fargesia is a really good genus to start with. They offer many different shapes and sizes for all aspects and contain several species that are suitable for a pot.
We are more than happy to advise nursery customers about suitable bamboo for any given situation. You may even get the chance to have a quick kip as I do go on a bit!
The following stock list will be expanded during 2018.
Chusquea culeou (AGM-H4) - Not available 2018
An extremely elegant bamboo with deep green culms that pale to an attractive olive yellow, sometimes showing subtle amber flushes. Produces an array of branches supporting narrow, deep green leaves, giving it an almost 'bottlebrush' appearence. Suited to a decent moist soil in full sun or partial shade, coping well in exposed positions. Creates a bold and tidy clump with an average height of 6m, forming an open clump 2m wide. Hardy to around -18C.
Chusquea gigantea - Not available 2018
A rare, utterly stunning and very tall bamboo with a bolt upright habit and thick culms which gradually turn a pale olive green with older culms sometimes showing shades of yellow and red. The strong, arching culm branches support robust, narrow, dark green foliage. Suited to a decent moist soil in full sun or part shade, coping well in exposed positions. A tall bamboo reaching approx 10m in height, expanding rapidly yet evenly to a width of 5m. Hardy to -18C.
Fargesia 'Blue Dragon' (Borinda papyrifer)
For whatever reason some smart arse as come up with this new name as I'm fairly certain it's Borinda papyrifer. A clump forming bamboo with stunning, powdery blue coloured culms which slowly fade to olive green over a year or two. Matures quickly producing some fairly tall culms within a few years. Benefits from to a decent, moist soil in most situations but won't be at its
best in hot and dry spots. Height of around 5 to 7m with a 2m spread. Hardy to around -15C.
Fargesia denudata - Not available 2018
This CLUMP FORMING Fargesia has characteristic arching, pale green turning to olive green culms and masses of tiny, fresh green leaves. Can be lax as a juvenile but a mature specimen is an exceptionally fine sight. Tolerates a hot, sunny spot but best sited in a position with good morning or late afternoon sun in most soils as long as it can find some moisture. Height can vary but generally around 4m, staying reliably tight at its base with a width of 1m. Hardy.
Fargesia dracocephala - Not available 2018
A relatively small CLUMP FORMING bamboo with deep green culms, paling to yellow-green with age which sometimes develop red tints in the sun. Creates a 'V' shaped clump with the dark green branches and foliage being four times wider at the top than the bottom. Best sited in a position with good morning or late afternoon sun in most soils as long as it can find some moisture. Tolerates a dry spot once established. Height 3m with a base spread of 1m.
Fargesia murielae (AGM-H6)
An elegant CLUMP FORMING bamboo creating a dense column of yellow green culms which support a mass of soft green, breezy foliage. Makes a fantastic spot plant or an effective barrier or hedge. Prefers a moist position in sun but is adaptable and will tolerate light shade. Will eventually reach approxiamately 4m in height with a tight base width of 1m after 10 years. Does well in pots for several years before size becomes an issue. V hardy.
Fargesia murieliae 'Elias'
A recent introduction originally found in a seed raised batch of F.murieliae and selected for its unique low growing habit. Produces a compact clump of low culms supporting a mass of frothy green foliage. Best in part or light shade in most half decent soils that can hold some moisture. Fairly unique in that most small bamboos tend to run but this little chappy forms a tight clump with a height of around 60cm and a spread of 0.8m. A very tough and hardy evergreen.
Fargesia murielae 'Jumbo' - Not available 2018
A fresh and bubbly CLUMP FORMING bamboo. A fairly recent introduction after the flowering of the species and is quicker growing in height, with a larger leaf giving it a
more open habit. Makes a fantastic spot plant or an effective hedge. Prefers a moist position in sun but is adaptable and will tolerate a shadier spot. Will eventually reach 4m heigh with a base width of 2m. Does well in pots for several years before size is an issue.
Fargesia murieliae 'Luca'
A recent introduction found in a seed raised batch of F.murieliae and selected for its unique, exceptionally low growing habit. Produces a compact clump of low culms supporting a mass of frothy green foliage. Best in part or light shade in most half decent soils that can hold some moisture. Fairly unique in that most small bamboos tend to run but this little chappy forms a tight clump with a height of 40cm and a spread of 80cm. A very tough and hardy evergreen.
Fargesia murieliae 'Superjumbo' - Not available 2018
A new introduction which is a more refined form of 'Jumbo'. Taller with larger foliage but still as tight and CLUMP FORMING as the species. Makes a fantastic spot plant or an effective hedge. Prefers a moist position in sun but is adaptable and will tolerate a shadier spot. Will eventually reach over 4m in height with a base width of 1 to 2m. Will do well in a large pot for several years before size becomes an issue. An extremely tolerant and hardy bamboo.
Fargesia nitida 'Gansu'
A comparatively recent introduction from Gansu province, China originally collected as Fargesia Gansu 95-2. A 'CLUMP FORMING' bamboo producing a tight clump of dark culms supporting a mass of small, fresh green foliage which causes some of the culms to arch gracefully. Best in part or light shade in most half decent soils that can hold some moisture. Achieves a height of 3 to 4m with a 1.5m spread at the base. Suitable in a pot for a few years. Very hardy.
Fargesia nitida 'Jiuzhaigou'
A comparatively recent introduction from seed collected in Jiuzhaigou Park, Sichuan. A lovely 'CLUMP FORMING' bamboo with small, abundant green leaves and a stately upright habit. Green culms emerge from purplish sheaths, turn slowly to red/purple, and eventually to a light yellow/orange shading. Best in part shade in an average soil that holds some moisture. Grows to a height of 3 to 4m with a 1.5m spread. A good bamboo for growing in a pot. Very hardy.
A comparatively recent introduction with very good garden qualities. Robusta is 'CLUMP FORMING' with upright, stately, dark green culms and strong, narrow foliage. The sheaths on new culms are a startling clear white and are outstanding against the dark green foliage and older culms. Can be grown in an average soil that holds some moisture in sun or light shade. May reach 4m in height with a spread of 1.5m. A bone hardy, cracking bamboo.
Fargesia robusta 'Red Sheath'
This rare cultivar has much larger leaves and a more open habit than the species. The branch sheaths are also greater in size and as a result the red colouring is more noticeable, hence the name. 'CLUMP FORMING' with stately green culms and strong foliage. Can be
grown in an average soil that holds some moisture in sun or light shade. May reach 4m in height with a spread of approx 2m. A very hardy and depenbably evergreen bamboo.
A most wonderful CLUMP FORMING short bamboo. Masses of shoots annually with peachy red coloured sheaths. This bamboo will tolerate dry difficult conditions in shade but looks best in dappled light with moisture at the root. Always wider than high when mature with
a width of 3 to 4m and a height of 2 to 3m. One of a few bamboos that do well in a pot.
Hibanobambusa tranquillans 'Shiroshima' (AGM-H4)
One of the loveliest, most versatile and weather tolerant bamboos with large, brightly variegated green and cream leaves. Has the abilitity to look good anywhere but best in a spot that gets good morning or late afternoon sun. Likes a moist soil but avoid spots that waterlog in winter. Height and spread are extremely variable with some plants creating a dense clump while others are prone to wandering. Generally reaches between 2 and 4m high.
Indocalamus tessellatus (AGM-H5)
By far the best bamboo for providing a tropical look to a cold garden with very large, deep green leaves which cause the thin culms to arch gracefuly. Looks particularly nice planted at the feet of a taller, upright bamboo. Will tolerate a wide range of aspects from sunny through to 3/4 shade. Foliage is much better in part shade in a decent soil that can hold onto moisture. Rarely exceeds 1 to 1.5m in height, slowly spreading to around 2m. Hardy.
Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Argus'
An elegant and rare bamboo with yellow culms coloured with a green sulcus and stunning irregular green striping. Found as a rogue in an imported batch of P.aureosulcata 'Spectablis'. A member of the 'crookstems' with the odd culm showing a 'zig zag' pattern as it emerges from the ground. Requires a sunny or partly shaded position where it can reach a height of approx 6m, provided adequate moisture and warmth, with a varying spread of 2 to 4m.
Phyllostachys aureosulcata f. spectabilis (AGM-H6)
A very colourful and robust bamboo with yellow culms coloured with a green sulcus, sometimes burnished with red patches on young growth. Superb, dark, glossy foliage adds the finishing touch. A member of the 'crookstems' with the odd culm showing a 'zig zag' pattern. Likes a sunny or partly shaded position where it can reach a height of approx 5m given adequate moisture and warmth, with a varying spread of 2 to 4m. May run further if in a dry spot.
Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Marliacea' - Not available 2018
An extremely rare and beautiful bamboo with a superb habit and pale olive, wrinkled culms. Generally slow growing with thick culms, long arching branches and graceful fans of dark green leaves. Known in Japan as shibo-chiku or wrinkled bamboo on account of the longitudinally wrinkled culms. Requires a sunny or lightly shaded position where it can reach a height of 4 to 6m, provided adequate moisture and warmth, with a spread of approxiamately 2 to 4m.
A very rare and impressive bamboo forming a grove of stately, matt green culms supporting a high, leafy canopy of fresh green foliage. New culms have an attractive, powdery white sheen and can attain a thickness of 7cm (3'') on mature plants. Suited to a sunny position in any decent, moist soil. Dislikes dry positions and benefits from an occasional organic mulch. A large bamboo needing space as it can mature to a height of 8m with a 4m spread. Hardy.
Phyllostachys nigra (AGM-H6)
The 'black bamboo' is possibly the most distinctive of all the Phyllostachys. Produces masses of dark green frothy foliage with intensely black culms that have a deep gloss resembling polished ebony. The creamy shoots emerge generally in late May and at first are green, turning black through the summer. Likes a sunny, moist position where it can reach a height of 4 to 6m, with a spread of approxiamately 2 to 4m. May run further if planted in dry spots.
Phyllostachys nigra f. henonis (AGM-H6) - Not available 2018
An extremely robust bamboo noted for its elegance and tolerance of climatic extremes. Capable of eventually producing large, 10cm (4'') thick fresh green culms which gradually fade to a pale yellow green and support a mass of small, glossy green leaves. Suited to a sunny position in any decent soil. A very tall bamboo needing lots of space as it is capable of maturing to a height of 12m and a width of 4m+. A very hardy and reliable bamboo.
Phyllostachys nigra 'Megurochiku'
A magical bamboo and now a protected plant, only found growing on the island of Awaji, Japan. The truely handsome, mature culms age to a pale olive green with dark, purple black striped sulci and support slim, light green foliage. New culms emerge plain green and may take a year to develop striping. Awaji is naturally cold and exposed and plants seem to colour better given these sunny but cool conditions. Height approx 7m with a spread of 2 to 3m after 10 yrs.
An exceptionally rare and stately bamboo and a potential giant in our cooler climate capable of producing 10cm thick culms which taper quickly at their tips ensuring that the culms remain thick most of the way up. The short branches support particularly small, dark green leaves. Requires a sunny or lightly shaded position where it can reach a height of over 7m, provided adequate moisture, with a spread of approx 3m although can be more in dry positions. Hardy.
Phyllostachys praecox f. notata
Very fortunate to obtain this rareity from a very reliable source. The new shoots emerge early in spring and produce thick, rich green culms which are initially covered in a lovely white bloom. A very stately and vertical bamboo with the odd culm showing yellow striping on mature plants. Suited to a sunny or lightly shaded position where it can reach a height of over 6m, generally forming an open clump with a spread of 2 to 4m. A stunning bamboo.
Phyllostachys purpurata 'Straight Stem'
A robust bamboo forming stands of erect, green culms which have a bright, bloomy, emerald green colour when young. Small, narrow light green foliage with glaucous undersides. Benefits from regular thinning when young to encourage the larger truly vertical culms. Suited to sun or light shaded in most soils. Also known as the 'Water Bamboo' due to its tolerance of water-logged soils. Height around 6m with a spread of 1.5m after 10 yrs. Syn P.heteroclada. Hardy.
A noble and architectural bamboo producing large, lustrous, green culms which gradually pale with age and contrast well with the newer shoots. Capable, even in cold gardens, of
producing strong, 13cm (5 in.) thick vertical culms supporting well spaced, layered branches and dark green foliage. Suited to full sun in any decent, moist soil. A large bamboo possibly reaching 10m in height with an approx spread of 4m. A very hardy and reliable bamboo.
Phyllostachys vivax f. aureocaulis (AGM-H6)
Arguably one of the most ornamental and rewarding of the hardy bamboos with golden culms randomly striped with green, varying from non existent on some culms to almost bar coding on others. The stately culms support well spaced curving branches with fresh green foliage that endures the winter winds well. Likes a sunny spot in a decent, moist soil. A large but non invasive bamboo reaching over 8m in height, creating an open grove approx 4m in width.
Phyllostachys vivax f. huanvenzhu
A stately and robust bamboo with thick green culms that have pale yellow striping down the length of the sulci. Capable, even in cold gardens, of producing 13cm (5 in.) thick culms. Has a bolt upright habit with a mass of strong, green foliage and copes admirably in exposed positions. Suited to full sun in any soil but does better if it can find some moisture. A large bamboo reaching 10m in height with an approx 4m spread but can be more. Very hardy.
Phyllostachys vivax f. huanvenzhu inversa
A rarely seen and most attractive bamboo with thick pale yellow culms that have green striping down the length of the sulci. Capable, even in cold gardens, of producing very
thick culms. Produces a bolt upright habit with layered branches and a mass of strong, green foliage. Suited to full sun in any soil but does better if it can find some moisture. A large bamboo reaching 10m in height with an approx 4m spread but can be more. V hardy.
Pleioblastus linearis - Not available 2018
This rarely seen species forms brilliant arches of plumed foliage from a central, usually dense column of culms and has great architectural value. The leaves are rich green, flat, very narrow and long, almost grass like in quality. Not too fussy about soil abd suited to full sun through to 3/4 shade. Very hardy and tolerant of extremes in climate. Generally reaches a height of 4 or 5m with a width of 2m but can spread further in dry positions.
Pleioblastus viridistriatus (AGM-H6) - Not available 2018
A beautiful bamboo with large, green-striped, bright golden-yellow leaves on purple-green canes.The variegated foliage is most intensely-coloured when grown in full sun but this can lead to scorching if the site becomes too dry. To keep a fresh appearence cut back to ground level in winter to encourage a fresh production of foliage the following spring. Can reach over 1m in height with a clumping but open spread of approxiamately 2m. Hardy.
One of the most common bamboos in cultivation. It is common because it is a thing of beauty, with character, good stature, speed of development and an ability to adapt to almost any location. The large, pointed, dusky green leaves droop elegantly from the branches and cope well in exposed positions. Will grow in most situations but best in part shade in any soil that holds some moisture. Reaches an average height of 4m with an approxiamate spread of 3m.
Semiarundinaria yashadake f. kimmei
A delightful form of the species producing many thin golden culms with a single internodal green stripe above each branch bud. The lush green leaves are produced on short branches held close to the culms giving it a bushy appearence. Prefers a sunny spot but will also tolerate a shadier position in any soil that provides moisture. Reaches approx 3m in height with a spread of 2m but may wander further in dry spots. A very rewarding bamboo. Hardy.
Yushania anceps 'Pitt White'
A seldom seen, elegant bamboo revered fot its delicate looking habit and speed of growth. An outstanding clone discovered within 'Pitt White House' gardens producing a mass of tall, vertical culms that arch gracefully at the top due to the mass of small, fresh green foliage. Suited to a sunny spot in a moist, decent soil, avoiding spots that waterlog. Needs space as it can reach a height of over 8m, creating an open clump with a width of 4m. Hardy.
Yushania maculata 'Tung Chuan 4'
A particularly choice bamboo with strong, vertical, glaucous culms, sheathed dark purple in their first year. The delicate looking but exceptionally hardy folige hangs from the branches giving a lovely willowy effect. Requires a sunny or partly shaded spot in a decent soil that provides moisture. Once established is tolerant of dry periods and exposed positions. Will reach between 3 and 5m in height, creating a large open clump of approx 2m after 10 years.