Considering bamboo- input needed
I'm considering using bamboo as a fast-growing screen to block out some obnoxious neighbors. Thus, I'd love it to be 8' tall or more, but I also want to keep it to a relatively small footprint (about 3' out from the fenceline).
As a result, I've read advice to consider only clumping varieties, and found one that sounded good for this location - "Fargesia rufa". I just spoke to a local nursery however, and he only has a running variety "Yellow Groove" at the moment. It's $50 for a 5 gal pot and 7 feet tall. I'd LOVE to have a screen of that size like RIGHT NOW, but I don't want to get myself into a pickle either with a runner.
He stated that a clumping variety is not going to get as tall as I would like here in Zone 5. But he also implied that any running bamboo won't "run" as badly in our zone as it might in others. The planting location is also full sun and gets minimal water, though of course I can remedy the water situation if needed.
Thoughts? Input? Should I wait and try to find the clumping type? Would it be ok to try a runner? Are the runners easily contained just by the "shovel method"? Will my neighbors all hate me if it starts suckering in their yards? Guide me here... :)