bamboo by a pool

alecatMay 1, 2007

My landscaper has suggested planting Oldhamii bamboo to act as a privacy screen in our back yard. I love this idea but have a couple of concerns: 1. excessive leaves dropping in the pool. How much do leaves actually drop (I am in los angeles) and 2. Root invasion of the pool The area has a lot of concrete so the landscaper says with good trimming yearly this will not be an issue. Does anyone have any advice/experience with this type of bamboo? Thank you

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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

Is this an inground concrete pool, or what?

    Bookmark   May 5, 2007 at 1:09AM
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lovejunkie

Bambusa olhammii is not a running variety of bamboo. It's a clumper. It grows quite tall and should make an excellent screen. The culms get to around four inches in ideal circumstances. Bamboo will drop leaves but not too badly. That shouldn't be too much of an issue.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2007 at 4:45AM
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alecat

This is an in-ground, concrete pool surrounded by a lot of cement. The bamboo would be located quite close to the water. We don't want to have to be constantly cleaning out leaves... Thank you for the input!

    Bookmark   May 7, 2007 at 12:07AM
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MrPrometheus

I'm also in Los Angeles with an in-gound pool and was giving serious consideration to Oldhamii as well. How did things turn out? My largest concern is leaf droppage as it will be about 15 feet away from the pool in a 4' wide by 30' long raised planter box.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2013 at 11:30PM
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kentuck_8b(__)

The leaf dropping is seasonal. It drops leaves as new ones grow, usually at the beginning of the growing year.

Other than that, there should be no problem other than height. Mine grows to over 40 feet...you may want a shorter variety.

Kt

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 8:23PM
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daveh_sf(San Francisco)

I have a number of bamboos about 10ft away from a large in ground goldfish pond. I do get some leaves in the pond year round, more in winter, and more on breezy days.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 8:25PM
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