please recommend a bamboo for me!
I already have Phyllostachys edulis, P. vivax Aureocaulis, and P. aureosulcata, all just planted last year, plus some native bamboo planted this year, but I'm looking for a bamboo (either something new or more of one of the varieties I already have) for a particular spot. It's an area where I keep my shitake mushroom logs, but I'd like it to be shadier, especially in the spring before the trees leaf out. So I'm looking for something that I can keep thin enough to have spaces (roughly 6-8' square openings) to put stacks of logs. I guess a relatively open understory would be more characteristic of the larger bamboos, but I'm not looking for anything that gets super tall. Maybe 20' tall would be ideal, but taller would be okay. Something relatively more ornamental would be a nice bonus. The area is kind of a triangle with hard packed gravel lanes on two sides and woods on the third side. Can I have any hope of keeping the bamboo contained in this area by simply knocking off shoots that emerge outside the area every shooting season? Are some types of bamboo more amenable to such management than others? If I manage the stand that way, how far out should I expect shoots to come up? Also, I'm hoping to gradually remove the mostly around 20' tall deciduous trees as the bamboo fills in and replaces the trees' shade, but for that to work I would need a bamboo with some degree of shade tolerance for the interim. I can start the bamboo on the sunniest edge, but is that still too much to ask?