Musa & Henon grove ?

iain42June 1, 2007

I am digging up lots of concrete in my backyard this week to make room for a bamboo grove. It should be 8ft wide by 60ft long. Is this big enough for a decent grove. I am wanting the ultimate privacy screen for an urban setting. Can Musa and Henon coexist? I plan on installing a rhizome barrier before planting. Also what kind of a mulch or ground cover would look good with this bamboo?

Any advice much appreciated

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iain42

Sorry I meant Moso timber banboo.....

    Bookmark   June 1, 2007 at 2:02PM
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cmontross

Neither species would be a good choice if you are wanting privacy. Large timber species don't put out lower branches once they size up. You will see right through the culms at whatever you weren't wanting to see.
Chris

    Bookmark   June 1, 2007 at 6:55PM
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iain42

Thank you for letting me know. I will still grow the bamboo just not as a privacy screen. Now the search for a fast growing privacy screen continues : )

    Bookmark   June 3, 2007 at 11:58AM
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cmontross

There are many, many choices out there. Golden is popular, yellow groove,bisetti,even black, though it is a bit slower, but worth it.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2007 at 2:39PM
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kentuck_8b(__)

I have my Henon in a 9' X 27' area and it makes an excellent barrier/privacy screen. It is a small enough area where it never reaches full size, only about 20 feet tall and culms about 2 inches thick. It is a great windbreak also.

My Moso is not planted inside of a barrier and after about 9 years, it is still a good barrier also, although I keep it trimmed back to a small area, which keeps it small and thick making it a good privacy screen also.

Kt

    Bookmark   June 3, 2007 at 10:54PM
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cmontross

Low branching will occur if planting area is in enough light. My henon isn't even as large as your diameter, but is taller and I have no branching below 6-7'. All about light availability. Most of my plantings, once they get dense enough usually are competing for light up high.
Chris

    Bookmark   June 4, 2007 at 9:38AM
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kentuck_8b(__)

I agree, Chris. Light plays a large part in thickness of a grove. My Henon and Moso both start to branch about 2 to 3 feet from the ground here. How tall is yours??

I also agree with your other picks as 'better' choices. One thing though, P. nigra(black), is a very rampant spreader here. From a one gallon pot, in it's first year, it put up it's first shoot 15 feet away from the original plant. It runs like wildfire, but never reaches very large size.

Kt

    Bookmark   June 4, 2007 at 10:15PM
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