So, How many bamboos do you have ???

koniferkid_nj(6)September 14, 2005

Hello fellow bamboo people,

I am curious to see how many bamboos and what species and cultivars people have.I know this is a tedious task for some of you who have a gazillion bamboos but it would be appreciated.It doesn't matter if you have only 1 or 100+ please feel free to post what you are growing and what zone you are in. Thank you.


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Sigh, only 3...
Phyllostachys bambusoides (or Vivax... can't tell yet).
Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Castillon'
Pyllostachys aureosulcata "Yellow Groove"

All just planted.


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steelhorse(z11 SoCal)

since I asked this same question some days ago I'll continue to answer here,

I have 2 yet in pot:

1 oldhamii (or vulgaris, I really cant tell)
1 buddha belly (B. ventricosa)

I also have 3 really small seedlings of D. strictus, hoping to get more in few days (just planted the seeds 1 week ago)

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Ph Nigra
Ph Nigra Bory
Ph Nigra Henon

Ph Dulcis

I likes 'em big.

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gotbamboo(7a nc)

Ive got about a million

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rfgpitt(z6a Pit PA)

I have 10.....
aureosulcata "Yellow Groove" - small
vivax 'aureocaulis' - 3 ft tall
vivax 'aureocaulis' - not sure what is going on with this one... shoots start out lime green and end up looking like a yellow from sun exposure. 8ft tall. still keeping green stripes. not counting this separate just yet
Phyllostachys bissetti - 3ft traded w/ other GWer this year for some of my unstable vivax a.
viridistriatus "dwarf green stripe" - e-bay this year
fortunei "dwarf white stripe" - this year from Fred - (he's the man!)
distichus "dwarf fern leaf" - got from e-bay boo seller (this year) that ships bare root. 1st order was fried, he did send a new order and is just now looking ok
dracocephala 'White Dragon' - got from good e-bay seller this year - thanks Phil
robusta - new this year, traded a book to da feller who started this thread for this one, and ended up with the next two types below as a bonus.
Indocalamus tessalatus - it's growing in full sun until other boos get bigger. water often. smaller lighter shaded leaves but doing ok.
Semiarundinaria fastuosa - small rhizome piece with 6" culms. potted and alive

want list:
Phyllostachys nuda & heteroclada for sure
& anything that can take the cold (-10 or lower) and be over 25 feet
Fargesia (rufa, nitida & any new ones that are bigger and cold hardy)
Ps. japonica "arrow bamboo"

think that's it, but every time I think I'm done 1 or more grab my attention.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2005 at 3:38PM
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3 - Phyllostachys nigra & aureosulcata, fargesia nitida nymphenburg

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lelanddunne(7a N.C.)

2 in pots right now
black boo and vivax, and both are screaming to be let loose..

looking to buy 2 more if i can figure out which ones.

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hollenback(z6 WA)

I came up with this list but I might have missed something.

Arundinaria gigantea 'Macon'

Bashania fargesii
Bashania sps (possibly B. qingchengshanensis)

Fargesia nitida
F. Robusta
F. sp. 'Rufa'
F. scabrida
F. utilis

Hibanobambusa tranquillans 'Shiroshima'

Indocalamus tessellatus

Phyllostachys atrovaginata
Ph aurea 'Koi'
Ph aureosulcata
Ph aureosulcata 'Aureocaulis'
Ph aureosulcata 'Spectabilis'
Ph bambusoides 'Castillon' (greenhouse)
Ph bissetii
Ph dulcis
Ph glauca
Ph hetroclada
Ph hetroclada 'Solidstem'
Ph humilis
Ph mannii 'decora'
Ph nigra
Ph nigra 'bory'
Ph nigra 'henon'
Ph nigra 'megurochiku'
Ph nuda
Ph propinqua
Ph propinqua 'Beijing'
Ph rubromarginata
Ph stimulosa
Ph violascens
Ph vivax
Ph vivax 'aureocaulis'

Pleioblastus distichus
Pl fortunei
Pl pygmaeus (?)
Pl shibuyanus 'Tsuboi'
Pl simonii
Pl viridistiatus
Pl viridistiatus 'chysophyllus'
Pseudosasa japonica
Pseudosasa japonica 'tsutsumiana'

Qiongzhuea tumidissinoda (pot)

Sasa palmata
Sasa veitchii

Sasaella masamuneana 'Albostriata'
Sasaella ramosa

Semiarundinaria fastuosa
S. fastuosa 'Viridis'
S. okuboi
S. yashadake 'Kimmei'

Shibataea kumasaca

Thamnocalamus crassinodus (greenhouse)
Thamnocalamus tessellatus

Yushania anceps
Y. maling

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I'm in Zone 9, hot summers and winters where it dips to about freezing 3-15 times per season, (but usually not much less).

I've got three Bambusa's

ventricosa - been in the ground 4 years and just coming into "it's own"

multiplex "Alphonse Karr" - 2 years in the ground. It had five culms when first planted and now has upwards of 20, with at least 5 new ones in progress.

oldhamii - planted last March. This one leafed-out very well this summer and put up one 1" x 15' culm, (can't wait till next year!).

I also have one running pygmy noid that I've afraid to plant, (but maybe not now that I've seen the recent thread concerning pygmy ground-covers...)


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Thuja(zone 4b WI, US)

Wow, nice lists there! The only genus lists I have longer are:

P. distichus 'Mini'
P. fortuneii
P. 'Hogumosasa'
P. 'Okinosasa'
P. shibuyanus 'Tsuboi'
P. pygm Distichus (maybe a repeat, not sure yet)
P. viridistriatus
P. kongosanensis 'Aureostriatus'

and Sasa:
S. kurielensis 'Simofuri'
S. palmata
S. tsuboiana

I'm sure someone can top that. Anyway, as for total species, I better wait until spring to answer that question; the number might decrease dramatically.

I really would like to get an A. g. 'Macon' too, but I did get a real nice 'Hoosier Strain' from Brad that may be just as hardy. :)

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I know there are alot more bambooer's out there. Fess up what you holdouts.....

    Bookmark   September 14, 2005 at 10:58PM
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I lost count...on purpose. I've got 30 or so varieties, mostly big tropical clumpers.

Of the top of my head.

B. E. ViridiVittata
B. Glauphy (sp?)
B. Oldhamii
B. M. Al Karr
B. M. Golden Goddess
B. Lako
B. Textilis
B. Vittata
B. Textilis Dwarf
D. L. Minor Amenous (Anglemist)
D. L. Mei Nung
D. Brandesii
D. Giganteus
G. Atrovialacea
G. Sumatra
G. Pseduo Maxima
O. Acum. Aztec.
O. Acum. Acum.
C. Coronalis
S. F. Viridis
P. Nigra
Unidentified pygmy sasa

    Bookmark   September 14, 2005 at 11:36PM
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Pleioblastus viridistiatus

2005 (all 1 gallon size)

Sasaella ramosa
Pseudosasa japonica
Pleioblastus pygmaeus
Bashania fargesii

Phyllostachys aurea
Phyllostachys aureosulcata
Phyllostachys bissetii
Phyllostachys nuda
Phyllostachys rubromarginata

Not sure if I will ever get clumpers, so right now sticking with the running bamboo. The faster spreading, the better.

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webgator(9 FL)

P aurea
P aureosulcata 'Alata'
P nigra
P nigra 'Henon'
P heterocycla cv pubescens 'Moso'
Pseudosasa japonica
Sasa palmata
Sasa viettchi
Pleioblastus fortunei
D brandisii
D strictus
B vulgaris
B vulgaris 'Vittata'
B beecehyana?
B tuldoides
B ventricosa 'Kimmei'
B mutabilis
B multiplex 'Silverstripe'
Otatea sp. Mayan Silver? (Mexican weeping seedling)
D 'Betung Hitam' (seeds germinating...I hope)
B lako (seeds germinating...I hope)
Several unknown clumper propagations in progress

I killed a Chusquea culeao last year... :(

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B.eutuldoides viridi-vittata
B.vulgaris wamin
B.perviablis x D.latiflorus
B.textilis gracilis
D.minor amoenus
P.edulis Moso

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rfgpitt(z6a Pit PA)

I know that it might not even be planted yet, but....
if you are taking numbers for Arundinaria gigantea 'Macon' divisions, would it be possible to add me to the list?

keep us posted on this one, and get some pics up on bambooweb when you get the chance. we drool more with pics.....

    Bookmark   September 15, 2005 at 9:04AM
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more than I thought I had! 17

Chimonobambusa quadrangularis

H. falconeri 'Damarapa'

P. aurea 'Koi'
P. aureosulcata
P. aureosulcata 'Aureocaulis'
P. aureosulcata 'Spectabilis'
P. dulcis
P. edulis
P. nigra
P. nigra 'Bory'
P. bissetii
P. vivax 'Aureocaulis'

P. japonica
P. japonica 'Tsutsumiana'

Qiongzhuea tumidissinoda

Semiarundinaria fastuosa

Y. anceps 'Pitt White'

    Bookmark   September 15, 2005 at 10:18AM
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Since the Chusquea culeo died this summer I'm down to 14.

Arundinaria gigantea
B. ventricosa (Buddha Belly) - In pot. I thought it died, but it recovered.
Fargesia nitida
Hibanobambusa tranquillans 'Shiroshima'
Indocalamus tessellatus
Ph aureosulcata
Ph aureosulcata 'Spectabilis'
Ph edulis (MOSO) - Seedlings in pots.
Ph nigra
Pl viridistiatus 'chysophyllus'
Pseudosasa japonica
Sasa veitchii
S. yashadake 'Kimmei'
Shibataea kumasaca

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seattleboo(Everett, Wa)


    Bookmark   September 15, 2005 at 12:06PM
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I forgot to add mine:
Faresia dracocephala
Indocalamus tesselatus
Fargesia: rufa,robusta,nitida,nitida nymphenburg,muriealiae.
Thamnocalamus Tessellatus
Thamnocalamus crassinodus "Merlyn"
Chusquea Gigantea
Semiarundinaria fastuosa
Pseudososa japonica
Otatea acuminata aztecorum
Yushania anceps Pitt White
Phyllostachys: Nigra;Vivax Aureocaulis,Aurea,Aurea Koi,Aurea
Flavescens Inversa,bamusoides,moso.
Semiarundinaria yashadake Kimmei
Bambusa multiplex Tiny Fern
Plieoblastus humilis,Whitestripe,Akebono
Sasa kurilensis Shimofuri
Bamusa Lako[seedlings]
Dendrocalamus Betung-Hitam[seedlings]
Sinobambusa tootsik albostriata

I think this is it.
Thank you Fred for the majority of these...

    Bookmark   September 15, 2005 at 12:36PM
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OK i got a few

Indocalamus tessellatus
Phyllostachys aurea 'Koi'
Phyllostachys aureosulcata
Phyllostachys bambusoides
Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Castillon'
Phyllostachys bissetii
Phyllostachys dulcis
Phyllostachys edulis "Moso"(is this correct?)
Phyllostachys nigra
Phyllostachys nigra 'henon'
Pleioblastus Shibuyanus Tsuboi
Pseudosasa japonica
Sasa Tsuboiana
Semiarundinaria fastuosa(it might still be alive)
Yushania anceps "Pitt White"

Forgive my spelling... i think i got them right. Of these, Bisettii, Dulcis, Pleioblastus Shibuyanus Tsuboi and Sasa Tsuboiana are new this year. everything else is from last season and survived my z6 winter or should i say i got shoots this year. Maybe the Temple didn't..its there but no leaves but the culm still looks i'll wait another season to see what happens.


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ncdiver(z9 CA)

14 varieties with multiple numbers of about five of the verities listed. Some are from seed but all the others are anywhere from 4 - 7 years old. Would like to have many more..... Any verities I do not have but can keep alive in z8 Coastal Northern California, with greenhouse....

Phyllostachys_Aurea "Tortus Shell"
Phyllostachys aureosulcata "Yellow Groove"
Phyllostachys aureosulcata -Aureocaulis "Golden Crookstem"
Phyllostachys Vivax "Vivax"
phyllostachys_nigra "Black Bamboo"
Pseudosasa_japonica "Arrow Bamboo"
Indocalamus tessellatus, Formerly called Sasa tessellata,
Sasaella masamuneana albostriata
Pleioblastus fortunei
Distichus Bamboo

From Seed in 05
Bambusa tuldoides - PUNTING POLE BAMBOO
Dendrocalamus giganteus
Dendrocalamus hamiltonii
Phyllostachys heterocycla pubescens - Syn. Phyllostachys edulis - MOSO BAMBOO

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brucelofland(5b KS)

Phyllostachys atrovaginata
Ph. rubromarginata

Ph. vivax 'aureocaulis'

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Phyllostachys atrovaginata
Ph. aurea
Ph. aureosulcata 'aureocaulis'
Ph. aureosulcata 'spectabilis'
Ph. bissetii
Ph. decora
Ph. edulis
Ph. humilis
Ph. nigra boryana
Ph. nuda
Ph. parvifolia
Ph. rubicunda
Ph. viridiglaucescens
Ph. vivax 'aureocaulis'
Pseudosasa japonica
Fargesia nitida
Fargesia murieliae 'rufa'
Indocalamus tessellatus
Sasa palmata
Sasaella masamuneana albostriata
Pleioblastus pygmaeus

Most of them since 2004

    Bookmark   September 15, 2005 at 3:37PM
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Yippeee!!!! Got my Phyllostachys Vivax aureocaulis today. One 125cm culm but leafy and beautiful. So that makes 4 now. So happy!!!

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hello_c_j_here(7 Cary, NC)

I'm a rookie here... I have

5-robert young

7-baby buhdas from 12 inch to 3 foot


1-yellow groove

3-unknown, tall solid green?

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coolshare(z9 CA,San Jose)

This topic has been repeated for so many times but still hot!!

It is hard to count/list all. I just list some interesting
ones I have:

- Hitam
- Oldhamii with golden stripes (it is
shooting now but not sure if the stripes will be

- HangwenZhu inversa
- Phyllostachys flexuosa GoldStripe
- Phyllostachys bambusoides Kawadana
- Chimonobambusa quadrangularis Suow
- Chimonobambusa quadrangularis Suow inversa

- Lako

- Mei Nung
- Gigantochloa robusta

- chungii

- Bambusa eutuldoides viridi-vittata
- Bambusa vulgaris 'Vittata'

- Bambusa emeiensis Flavidorivens
- Bambusa emeiensis Viridiflavus

- Bambusa pervariabilis viridistriata

- Bambusa textilis albostriata
- Bambusa textilis Kanapaha

- Bambusa tulda striata

- B.dolichoclada 'Stripe'
- B.dolichomerithalla 'Green stripe-stem'
- B.dolichomerithalla 'Silverstripe'

- B.multiplex 'Golden Goddess'
- B.multiplex 'Goldstripe'
- B.multiplex 'Silverstripe'

- Most runners with stripes

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mike_marietta_sc_z8a(z8a upstate SC)

Growing in the ground out in the garden:
Arundinaria anabilis
Bambusa emiensis
B. e. 'chrysoflavis'
B. e. 'viridiflavus'
B. multiplex
B. m. 'tiny fern'
B. m. 'silverstripe'
B. m. riviereorum'
B. textilis
Bashania fargesii
Borinda angustissima
B. boliana
B. fungosa
Chusquea culeou
C. gigantea
Fargesia nitida
F. n. 'anceps'
F. rufa
F. utilis
Hibanobambusa transquillans 'shiroshima'
Himalayacalamus falconeri 'damarapa'
H. porcatus
Indocalamus tesselatus
P. aurea 'koi'
P. aureosulcata spectabilis
P. bambusoides castellon
P. b. allgold
P. dulcis
P. edulis (3 seedling clones)
P. e. anderson
P. e. goldstripe
P. e. whitestripe
P. elegans
P. heteroclada solidstem
P. makinoi
P. nigra hale
P. n. bory
P. n. daikokuchiku
P. n. megurochiku
P. rubromarginata
P. vivax
Pleioblastus chino vaginata variegata
P. distichus
P. graminious
P. hindsii
P. juxienensis
P. simonii
P. s. variegatus
P. viridistriatus
Pseudosasa japonica
Qiongzhuea tumidissinoda
Sasa kurilensis shimofuri
S. veitchii
Sasaella masamuniana albostriata
S. ramosa
Semiarundinaria fastuosa
S. yashadake kimmei
Shibataea kumasaca
Yushania anceps pitt white
Y. maculata

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hello_c_j_here(7 Cary, NC)

Oh my Damn!!! Got a pic of this garden? :-D

    Bookmark   September 15, 2005 at 9:52PM
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--Arundinaria Gigantea planted about 7 years ago about 25 feet tall a very thick grove. It has given me several dozens of new culms this year.
--Ph. Nigra is about 2 years old. E bay about 6 inches. now is about 12 or 15 feet tall has given me several culms this year. Now is shooting one that is thick and maroon black.
--Alphonse Karr,Clumper. About 2 years old, nice stripes about7 feet tall. She has put out alot of new culms making her wide.
--Ph. Aurea was a trade from California. 1 year old and about 2 feet tal has given me 2 new shoots.Establishing herself.
--Shibataea Kumasaca. 2 years old running dwarf 2 feet tall.Spreading nicely
They are planted on my 3 acres with room not to mix with each other.
You guys that have so many different 'boos, do you keep them apart or let them mix?

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Sorry to go off-point, but Countrynest I'm so jealous of your Ph nigra. I bought mine in Spring 2004 as a smallish plant (about 2ft/60cm tall and several culms) but had it in a big pot, and it was so sad. I've only just moved into the ground this summer in semi-shade and it has a few new shoots now. But when or when will it get to 15 ft :(

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Patris(9 Gulf Coast)

Since total does not matter, as of last night I am the proud owner of 1 Oldhamii.

Brought her home and now am looking for the best place to plant.

I was thrilled to find someone right here in town that was willing to get me started and have to say I will be making many trips back to visit "Dr. Bamboo" in the future.
I want more!!
His son has Bamboo Texas in Houston and they do seem to have a great assortment to select from.

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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

It's not unusual for a bamboo to need a couple of years before it takes off. Be's like children...they grow up before you know it!

    Bookmark   September 16, 2005 at 1:23PM
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foxD - I think that you can add one more to your total, as I just cleared quarrantine with one of the variegated pygmaeus/distichus that has your name on it.

As long as it recovers from being totally submerged in a bucket of soapy water over night; blasted on the roots with a strong hose spray to bare root it; survived the 1 hour trip to plant inspection in Honolulu mid-day weather, and then survives the next 15 hours scrunched up bare-root in a bag on an airplane; you'll have one more to add to your list!

You can pick em up this weekend if you like, it will be bare root until you get it.


    Bookmark   September 16, 2005 at 6:25PM
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YAY!!! I'm going to be gone most of the day saturday. How early are you up sunday?

    Bookmark   September 17, 2005 at 9:21AM
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People i wanted to thank for mine. Fred, he got me started with most of mine when i was a complete newbie, Mike for the bisetii, Brad who has been generous with a few goodies and Kudzu for the Moso(still kickin'n lookin' better). thanks you guys...since coming to this forum i feel i have a few more nice friends. It has such more of a personal feel growing something you got from someone vs a nursery or Ebay.


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Thuja(zone 4b WI, US)

Yep, I got a couple from Fred, Brad, jennaray, and Stockwell. Rob, the P. flexuosa is doing great.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2005 at 2:40PM
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Wow! You lot have lists that I can only dream of. My little collection of seven is already a lot in my yard, what with all the other plants that they have to share ellbow room with.

Indocalamus tessalatus
Phyllostachys nigra
Phyllostachys rubromarginata
Phyllostachys vivax 'Aureocaulis'
Phyllostachys heterocycla pubescens or P edulis whichever is botanically correct these days
Phyllostachys aurea
Shibataea kumasaca
Pseudosasa japonica

    Bookmark   September 17, 2005 at 3:58PM
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I think this is a complete list.

Arundinaria Funghomii
Arundinaria Gigantea Hoosier Strain
Arundinaria Gigantea 'Unknown Origin, Indiana Grown'
Arundinaria Gigantea 'Metal Forge'

T. Ventricosa
T. Ventricosa Kimmeii
Vulgaris Vittata

Bashania Fargesii
Brachystachyum Densiflorum

Nitida Eisenach
Nitida Seedling
Robusta Wolong

Gigantochloa Pseudoarundinacea

Hibanobambusa Tranquillans
Hibanobambusa Tranquillans Shiroshima

Latifolius Solidis
Tesselatus Hamadae

Aurea Koi
Aureosulcata Alata
Aureosulcata Aureocaulis
Aureosulcata Harbin
Aureosulcata Harbin Inversa
Aureosulcata Spectabilis
Bambusoides Slender Crookstem
Bambusoides Castilon
Bambusoides Kawadana
Bissetti - Dwarf
Edulis - Anderson clone
Edulis - Seedlings
Glauca Notso
Glauca Yunzhu
Heteroclada Solid Stem
Heteroclada Purpurata
Nigra Bory
Nigra Hale
Nigra Henon
Nigra Megurochiku
Nigra Punctata
Nigra Shimadake
Nuda Localis
Propinqua Beijing
Viridis Houzeau
Viridis Robert Young
Vivax Aureocaulis
Vivax Huangwenzhu
Vivax Huangwenzhu Inversa

Chino Murakamianus
Distchus 'Mini'
Distichus Ramosissimus
Distichus Variegata
Gramineus Monstrispiralis
Shibuyanus Tsuboi
Viridistriatus Chrysophyllus

Japonica Akebono
Japonica Variegata

Kurilensis Shimofuri
Veitchii Asahinae
Veitchii Hirsuta Sachaliensis

Hidaensis Muraii
Masomuneana Albostriata
Masomuneana Aureostriata
Shiobarensis 'Sedenicola'

Sarocalamus Fangianus

Sasamorpha Borealis
Sasamorpha Borealis Striata

Fastuosa Viridis
Yashadake Kimmeii


Thamnocalamus Tesselatus
UFO Ground Cover - Pl. Pygmaeus??
UFO Dwarf Bamboo??

Anceps Pitt White

    Bookmark   September 17, 2005 at 5:28PM
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Hoosier! Holy Cow! I can't count that high. That is very impressive.

How many are planted in the ground, if you don't mind me asking?


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Hoosier: I got as many japanese maples as you do boo.That's scary....I only got a 1/6 of an acre to play around with here.I think you should change your name to the Bamboo King.
I wonder what the Guinness record is for bamboos? It might be you .LOL....

Thanks- Koniferkid

    Bookmark   September 18, 2005 at 12:31AM
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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

Obviously your BMI (Bamboo Mass Index) is dangerously high. If I can help you bring those numbers down, you have only to ask...

    Bookmark   September 18, 2005 at 12:38AM
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Kentuck - 2 more I remembered as not on the list Sinobambusa Tootsik, Chimonobambusa Tumidissinoda, plus the Bambusas and the Gigantochloa are all pot plants, everything else is in-ground, somewhere around 140 species in-ground.

Konifer I know of 3 people off the top of my head who have at least 100 more species than I do! I'd probably go nuts on the maples too but they are deer food here.

Kudzu I'm always willing to consider readjustments/modifications to my BMI with trades but there aren't many left for me to try in-ground and I'm done with container plants....probably...

I lost the following soon after getting them and I'd like to reacquire: Sasa Ohdana, Sasa Kagamiana, Sasa Veitchii Tyugokensis, maybe the Draco White Dragon, maybe the Black Stem Vivax. I'm also looking for Phy. Kwangsiensis, Sasa/Sasaella Sasakiana and would consider trades for some of the Phy. Bambusoides cultivars - Allgold, Marliac, Tanakae.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2005 at 1:28AM
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Hoosier, what a monumental list!! That's an arboretum just for bamboos! I declare you King of the Boos - or Boo King for short.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2005 at 2:03AM
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I think this is a complete list:

Phyllostachys bambusoides castillonis
Phyllostachys bambusoides castillonis variegata
Phyllostachys bambusoides kawadana
Phyllostachys vivax aureocaulis
Phyllostachys vivax hauangwhenzu inversa
Phyllostachys bambusoides Katashibo
Phyllostachys praecox viridisulcata
Phyllostachys aureosulcata harbin inversa
Phyllostachys viridis Robert Young
Phyllostachys edulis bicolor
Phyllostachys viridis tricolor
Phyllostachys nigra
Phyllostachys nigra daikokuchiku
Phyllostachys atrovaginata
Phyllostachys flexuosa kimmei inversa
Phyllostachys nigra schimadaka
Phyllostachys aureosulcata aureocaulis
Qionzhuea tumidinoda

Fargesia demissa lanzhou
Fargesie fractiflexa
Fargesia hydrophila
Fargesia sp YJ
Fargesia sp Scabrida
Fargesia papyrifera
Fargesia yulongshanensis
Borinda grossa KR 5913
Borinda grossa KR 6356
Borinda sp KR 6438
Borinda sp KR 6439
Fargesia maccluriana KR 5602
Fargesia maccluriana KR 5074
Fargesia maccluriana KR5177

    Bookmark   September 18, 2005 at 7:05AM
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hello_c_j_here(7 Cary, NC)

Very impressive lists!! Maybe we should tally the votes!! But I think we all know who took top honors here!! I salute you hoosier.

How many years have you all been collecting? I'm still in my first year.
Take care all

    Bookmark   September 18, 2005 at 8:16AM
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orchidnuts(9a Florida)

My list is growing. A good addiction !!!

B emeinsis Flavidorivens
B emeinsis Vididiflavus
B chungii
B chungii Barbllata
B doilchomerithalla Silverstripe
B eutuldoides Viridi-Vittata
B Lako
B malingensis
B multiplex Alphonse Karr
B multiplex Tiny Fern "striped"
B mutabalis
B oldhamii
B pervariabilis Viridistriata
B textilis
B textilis Scranton
B textilis Wong Chuk
B tuldoides
B tuldoides ventricosa Dwarf
B tuldoides ventricosa Kimmei
B vulgaris Wammin
D minor amoenus
D brandisii
Otatea glauca
Otatea glauca Mayan Silver
Indocalamus tessellatus
Pleioblastus shibuyanus Tsuboi
P aurea In captivity
P edulis Moso
P nigra
P vivax aureocalis
P vivax Huangwenzhu
Shibatea chinensis
Sinobambusa tootsik Albostriata

Thanks to all you people who have been so generous. Most of my plants were given to me as small starts and now they are majestic plantings soon to be mature. Our yard started with too much sun but now the bamboo has transfromed this space. You are welcome to come and see it anytime. There is always something to dig ! Rich

    Bookmark   September 18, 2005 at 10:36AM
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Kudzu, yes I know patience is a virtue. I am very happy about how well settled the black bamboo is in the ground though, so hopefully that means it florishes from here on.

I'm really impressed with these lists too, wish I had the space to collect and grow as many as some of you.

CJ, the first few I got in 2002 - and nice they were too - were neglected (planted them, went away, left instructions but you know how good some people are at following such)anyway those first ones perished. Much luckier and more careful with my next set in 2003 which are doing well. I'm hooked now.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2005 at 12:42PM
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Dokhac: Wow, you have fargesia's I never even heard of.I wish we could get some more of those here in the U.S.DO you have any photos of some of them?

Everybody: thank you for participating.We have a great group of people here on the Bamboo forum.Let's see if we can get to 60 posts....

    Bookmark   September 18, 2005 at 12:54PM
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fredgpops(z9 N/ CA)

Ampelocalamus scandens
Bambusa: beecheyana, chungii (potted), chungii barbelatta (potted), dolichoclada (potted), edulis, eutuloides viridi-vittata (potted), malingenis, multiplex alphonse karr, multiplex tiny fern, oldhamii, pervariabilis viridistratus
(potted), textilis, tuloides punting pole, tuloides ventricosa buddhas belly, ventricosa kimmei, vulgaris vittata (potted), vulgaris wamin
Bashania faresii
Borinda: boliana, fungosa
Brachystachyum densiflorum
Chimonobambusa: marmorea marbled, marmorea variegata, quadrangularis square
Chusquea: circinata, coronalis (potted), gigantea, las vigas, pittieri (potted)
Dendrocalamus latiflorus mei-nung
Drepnostachyum: kasianum, sengteeanum
Fargesia: nitida, robusta
Gigantochloa atroviolacea (potted)
Himalayacalamus: asper, falconeri, hookerianus teague blue,
Indocalamus tesselatus
Otatea: acuminata aztecorum, glauca mayan silver (potted)
Phyllostachys: aurea, aurea flavascens inversa, aurea koi.
aureosulcata yellow groove, aureasulcata spectabilis, bambusoides madake, bambusoides castillon, bambusoides castillon inversa, bambusoides dwarf bissetti, glauca yunzhu, decora (potted), nigra black, nigra bory, nigra punctata (potted), nigra henon, nigra shimadake (potted),
violascens, viridis robert young, vivax aureolcaulis
Pleioblastus: argenteostriatus, chino murakamianus, chino vaginatus variegata (potted), fortunei, pygmaeus, shibuyanus tsuboi, viridistriatus chrysophyllus
Psuedosasa: amabilis, japonica, japonica tsutsumiana
Qiongzhuea tumidissinoda
Sasa: palmata (potted), tsuboiana
Semiarundinaria: fatuosa, okuboi, yasadake kimmei
Shibatea: chinensis, kumasaca (potted)
Sinobambusa tootsik albostriata
Thyrostachys siamesis (potted)
Thamnocalamus: tesselatus, aristatus
Yushania anceps
Unknowns - 3

    Bookmark   September 18, 2005 at 1:24PM
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hello_c_j_here(7 Cary, NC)

WoW!! Is there a "personal" pic section that can be started or already exists that all these super boos can be seen on? Thats probably alot of bandwith to use to post them though huh? Would be great to see all these varieties by our own group rather than searching the net by name to place a pic with the name. Just a thought.

Very impressive All!!

Please send me a sample plant of each as I will be the self proclaimed keeper of all boo owned on this site. ok? Good...thanks

email me for ship to address ok?

Seriously though...if any of the veterans wish to part with any...I'll gladly accept.

Thanks all

    Bookmark   September 18, 2005 at 1:46PM
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CJ, CJ, CJ, nice try my friend...but I think the starter of the thread should receive a sample plant..heh.heh...Just kidding. I already received alot of starters from Fred.thanks again. C.J.- next spring I'll send you some samples of some boos...


    Bookmark   September 18, 2005 at 2:43PM
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Me too, me too...any UK bamboo-ers want to share?

    Bookmark   September 18, 2005 at 2:51PM
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hello_c_j_here(7 Cary, NC)

Sounds good to me Kon... maybe we can make a trade. I deal in PC components occasional, HDs (ide/scsi), DVD/RW combo drives, video cards ,17,19 and 21 inch flat glass monitors. Maybe I can strike up a deal or 2 with other boo growers.
Take care

    Bookmark   September 18, 2005 at 3:27PM
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Thuja(zone 4b WI, US)

Hoosier, what's the story behind 'Metal Forge' Rivercane? I like the name. I have a Rivercane from Jennaray in Oklahoma that I am calling 'Inola' for lack of a better name. So far it has been slow to establish. No surprise there I guess.

CJ, there is photo album already where many of these plants can be seen at

Fred, quite a nice list there. I kinda figured you had a few. I somehow imagine Kentuck may have some too. :)

Here is a link that might be useful: Bamboo Web

    Bookmark   September 18, 2005 at 6:14PM
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mike_marietta_sc_z8a(z8a upstate SC)

Pics of some of the bamboos on my list can be found at:

    Bookmark   September 18, 2005 at 8:06PM
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Thuja, my friend Adam Turtle collects and does research on A Gigantea. While discussing it one day, I told him that although it is the superior hardy bamboo it is so very slow to establish. He agreed but said there is an exception, then drove me to one of his groves and had me dig a piece of a 'clone' he said was very fast to establish and he called it Metal Forge, I believe because of a place name from where it came.

So far, it has produced no shoots and no visible rhizome, although I have only had it since March...we'll see...

    Bookmark   September 18, 2005 at 8:31PM
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steelhorse(z11 SoCal)

errr..mmmm.. I'm speechless....

hosier, mike,coolshare, etc.. I can only dream to have all those boos, my space and my zone don't help me here.


but I going to have as many boos can fit in my property, potted or planted :)

the huntery already started ....

    Bookmark   September 20, 2005 at 12:35PM
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BAMBUSA multiplex 'Golden Goddess'
BAMBUSA oldhamii
BAMBUSA vulgaris 'Vittata'
BAMBUSA malingensis
eutuldoides 'Viridivittata'
BAMBUSA textilis var. gracilis
not to sure of the ID someone told me it could be BAMBUSA tuldoides 'Ventricosa Kimmei'

    Bookmark   September 23, 2005 at 10:16AM
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Cady(6b/Sunset34 MA)

What I have:

D. khasianum

F. nitida
F. nitida "Anceps"
F. rufa

I. tesselatus

P. bissetii
P. bissetii "dwarf"
P. mannii (decora)
P. nuda
P. rubromarginata

P. chino "elegantissimus"
P. chino murikamiensis "kanzakan"
P. chino variegatus
P. distichus "mini"
P. pygmaeus
P. simonii
P. viridistriatus

P. japonica

S. palmata
S. senanensis
S. veitchii

S. masamuneana "albostriata"

S. fastuosa "viridis"

What I've killed (in the past 5 years):

A. gigantea
A. tecta

F. robusta

H. damarapa

P. aureosulcata
P. aureosulcata "aureocaulis"
P. nigra
P. nigra "Hale"
P. vivax "aureocaulis"

P. argenteostriatus
P. shibuyanus "Tsuboi"

P. japonica "tsutsumiana"

I thought I had more species/varieties than this, but inventorying them reveals that I'm actually coming up short! I had 35 types at one point, and a number of 'boos that have come and gone through selling, etc. But I definitely don't have 50 kinds of 'boo on my property at this writing. Guess I'll go scouting for new stuff to make up the difference. heh heh

    Bookmark   September 23, 2005 at 12:40PM
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webgator(9 FL)

Hey aaaaaaa1, is that Guadua you have the striped variety? If so, it is on my wish list...just havn't aquired it yet along with the other 9 species that I desire.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2005 at 1:39PM
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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

I'd love to try Guadua. I'm just waiting for global warming to improve my growing climate...

    Bookmark   September 23, 2005 at 2:46PM
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Here's a fairly old list ( the only one that would copy and paste) , once again the Uk climate is favorable to growing large numbers of bamboo, none will reach anything like the size possible in the USA or need the ammount of control. The semi-tropical stuff dose grow here but only just and is whey smaller than when grown in the right climate.

I promised myself, to stop counting at 100, promised the wife to stop at 200, and now have no idea, apart from it's above 250-!

On another note, I've had amazing problems with the naming of bamboos, mainly green phyllostachys, the UK bamboo stock is completely messed up , the ammount of times I've bought new stock only to find out a few years later that it's somthing it is'nt. Is there the same problem you're way.
The only UK supplier's to trust David Cramptom, Mike Bell, and from Belgium, Jos v.palen.


multiplex 'fernleaf'
multiplex 'alphonse karr'
marmorea 'variegata'
quadrangularis 'nagamineus'
culeou 'purple splender'
culeou 'goliath'
murieliae 'jumbo'
murieliae 'simba'
nitida 'de belder'
nitida 'nymphenburg'
nitida 'eisenach'
nitida 'gansu 2'
nepalensis/ th. spat sub
robusts 'red sheath'
juzhaigou 2
tranquillans 'shiroshima'
falconeri 'damarapa'
arcana 'lutosulta'
aurea 'koi'
aurea flavenscens inversa
aurea holocrysa
aureosulta spectiblis
aureosulta aureocaulis
aureosulta 'harbin'
bambusoides castillonis
bam- castillonis inversa
bam- kawadana
bam- holochrysa
bam- marliacea
bam- varigata
bam- sub varigata
bam- f. lacrima deae
bam- castiollins inv varigata
edulis bi-colour
edulis pos nibishema
nigra henosis
nigra boryana
nigra megurochiku
sulphera ry
vivax aureocaulis
vivax huangwenzhu
chino elegantissimus
chino hisanach
simoni varigata
japonica akebonosuji
japonica akebon
kurilensis shimofuri
palmata nebulosa
masamuneana albostriata
fatusoa viridus
yashdake kimmi
took varigata
key beauty
anceps 'pitt white'

p. gauntletti
ph. aureosulta 'alata'
ph. ex jos v d p/ shangi3
p. auricomus

p. shibuyanus 'tsuboi'
ch. macrophylla inter
f. adpressa
albocerea no. 2
albocerea no. 3 a
f. angustissima
b. frigidorum
b. papyrifera
f. perlonga
kr 4206
f. scabrida
f. edulis/yunnan 4
kr 4206 yulongshensis
sinobambusa sichuanensis
th.crass gossinkund
ph. iridescens
yunnan 5
kr 5287
ph. praecox 'virdisulta'
ch. quad svow
sich funghomi
bashina quingshan-
ph. arcana
ph. atrov-
ph. aureosulta
Bs. quingshanshensis
Athrostylidium nailbusnse
Br. maccluriana , 4clones
Br frigidorum
B. vulgaris
Ch. ramaosasa
Dr. falcatum
ot. acuminata 'Aztecorum'
ch. pitterie
F. aff papy ( a173)

    Bookmark   September 23, 2005 at 4:50PM
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Makj: WOW! You made alot of us jealous here on the other side of the pond.Cheers and thanks.If you want to post any pictures in the gallery it would be really nice.


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Thuja(zone 4b WI, US)

Nice collections there! Cady, what happened with your A. gigantea? I thought that it was supposed to be so ultra hardy. I had high hopes for it here, but maybe too much hope. I know it's slow to establish, so maybe that's part of what happened. Also I guess the species varies a lot in hardiness.

Makj, I think there are mix-ups here too but I bet if I had as many bamboo as you I'd probably notice it even more. So far I've gotten suspicious ID's on several green Phyllostachys. I do think that most of our Phyllostachys were introduced into the US by McClure and so were initially correctly identified & named. I imagine a few mix-ups have occured since. ;)

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Cady(6b/Sunset34 MA)

Oops. I forgot -- I have Fargesia murielae too. It's tucked in a corner and is only 3' tall at this time, so it slipped my mind.

Thuja, I think I managed to destroy the A. gigantea by planting it in a spot that got too little light and water and too much wind. It barely survived the first winter, and the fragile shoots that showed up the following spring withered within weeks of coming up. I haven't been able to get a replacement since. I saw a stand of "tecta" along the Chattahoochee River in Georgia, last summer, and was tempted to dig some up, but didn't have time.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2005 at 10:15PM
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Hey aaaaaaa1,
GUADUA AUGUSTIFOLIA is a tropical 'boo. So do you have it in a pot to be brought inside on frost nights or What. I also am in zone 9 between Ocala and Leesburg.


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Cady(6b/Sunset34 MA)

Your list makes me wish I lived in a milder climate! Ah well. I just was poking around the garden and came across two Shibatea kumasaca tucked away in the bushes. So, at least I can add that to my above list. And I just remembered that I managed to lose two Hibanobambusa tranquillens "Shiroshima" a couple years ago, so add that to my "Bamboos I've Killed" list!

    Bookmark   September 24, 2005 at 11:01PM
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Bambusa :

Ventricosa (Buddha Belly) & Kimmei & Wamin
Multiplex Goldstripe
Multiplex Silverstripe
Multiplex Alfons Karr
Timor Lako


Minor Amoenus


Aureosulcata 'Spectabilis'

Most og my collection have been set in the ground now for about 3 years. This year and next I'm prepared for the most growth.


    Bookmark   September 25, 2005 at 9:04AM
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bamboobob(z6b RI)

OK. I'll confess, although after reading this stuff, I may need to change my sig to BambooDeprivedBob. I'm on the warm side of zone 6 in Rhode Island.

Phylostachys Aureosulcata Spectabilis (2 years)
Has lost all leaves both years, but only the smallest culms died. Tallest culm is 14'. Most are 6' to 8'.

SemiArundinaria Fastuosa (one year)
All culms died to the ground last year but fellow Rhode Islander tells me this gets better over time. Tallest culm is 12'. Most are 6'.

Fargesia Rufa (one year)
This is the star in terms of looking good year-round. It is now about 5' tall.

Bambusa Multiplex (Alphonse Karr) in pot
Bambusa Vulgaris 'Vittata' in pot

Generally the AK looks better than the Vittata but right now the Vittata looks great and has a 6' shoot growing. I think pots are hard.

Phyllostachys Rubromarginata (2 years)
Planted in the shade, this has never performed the way I expected. It dies to the ground each year and comes back very small. Because it behaves so much worse than expected, I wonder if it was not mis-identified.

Pseudosasa Japonica
Pseudosasa Japonica 'Tsutsumiana'

These have been in the ground two years. The first year, everything died to the ground, Last year it mostly died to the ground. I think these will slowly size up and survive better in the winter.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2005 at 9:18AM
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Patris(9 Gulf Coast)

Please consider me as part of CJ's offer to take any strays. LOL

I am amazed at the number of boo's that some of you have managed to plant in small area's. That is true dedication. The fact that I am here when the BOO KING came in to being makes me proud!

My number of "2" look plum pitiful compare to the list going on here!!!
But.....I am willing and open to expanding my list. Have lots of room for planting just need bamboo.

I want to be careful where I order bamboo from since I am so new and don't know what the heck I'm doing yet. (learning high on my list, experience to come)

I read the thread on ebay sellers and that was a big help.
Thanks to all for the world of info shared here. Makes this new collecting safer.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2005 at 9:46AM
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daveandlaura(8b-S. Louisiana)

OK, I'm a little late, but it's taken me some time to get back into the swing of things since Katrina and Rita. Wanted to get my little list in also, though.

Phyllostachys 'Castillon'
Ph. 'Moso'
Bambusa multiplex
B. multiplex 'Fernleaf'
B. lako
Chimonobambusa marmorea
C. Quadrangularis
Pleioblastus viridistriatus
Semiarundinaria fastuosa

Am working on adding Dendrocalamus minor 'Amoenus' and would like to find some B. vulgaris 'Vittata' also. (Of course, there are others . . . but these two are goals for the near term!)

Bamboo is an amazing addiction, isn't it?!?!


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DaveandLaura:glad to see your post. I hope everyone is o.k. since the storms.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2005 at 6:24PM
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About 95 taxa. Not quite as many as eucalyptus.... nowhere near as many as cacti! Yes, I'm crazy.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2005 at 7:01PM
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daveandlaura(8b-S. Louisiana)

All is well here. We're north of Lake Pontchartrain and suffered very minimal material damage. The woods around us have LOTS of trees down. Flood through the backyard actually saved the plants . . . watered them when they were stored in the shed!

Real "damage" was me having responsibility to the company (HQ in the NO suburbs) and chasing all over south Louisiana running away from hurricanes for seven weeks! Laura was a trooper taking care of "my" plants for me!

Thanks for the nice thoughts/words!


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Cady(6b/Sunset34 MA)

So good to know you're okay! Thanks for letting us know.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2005 at 9:25AM
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I've gathered quite a collection in less than a year. But I have to get my irrigation in before I can plant these. All are in 15 gallon to 31 inch box size. So my Moso is about 6 years old and I have 30 plus new shoots this year over 1.5 inches. It needs the ground.
Maybe more?

Qty. 26!!

Ph. decora (mannii)
Ph. Rubromaginata
Ph. nigra
Ph. nigra Daikokuchiku
Ph. nigra Henon
Ph. nigra Othello-rare anyone else have this?
Ph. nigra punctata
Ph. Bambusoides
Ph. Vivax
Ph. Vivax Aureosulcata (yelloo stripe)
Ph. aureosulcata Harbin
Ph. aureosulcata spectrabilis
Ph Bambusoides All Gold
Ph. aurea
Ph aurea Koi
Ph. Violascens
Ph. Bambusoides heterocyclis "pubescens" (moso)
Ph. viridis " Robert Young"
Bambusoides Textilis (florida version, no branches till 15+ feet)
Bambusoides Oldhamii
Bambusa Multiplex "riviereorum" Chinese Goddess.
Semiarundinaria yashidake Kimmei
Semiarundinaria fastuosa "temple bamboo"
Pleiblastus Shybuyama "Tsuboi"
Pleiblastus distichus
Drepanosstychum falcatum "blue bamboo" more red and purple; Now called Himalayacalamus hookerians (Himalayan Blue)"
Chimonobambusa tumidinoda (AKA tumidissinoda) Chinese walking stick

Probably dulcis and green onion added this week.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2007 at 7:23PM
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That is quite a collection! I have 15 varieties that you also have.

Including some Othello, still in a pot.


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wildbillgt(Z8 WA ST)

I have a wonderful lucky bamboo!!!!! The mosquitos just love it!!!
I cant wait to add Heavenly bamboo to my list....
Some of you people are like Meth addicts....
boometh addicts...

    Bookmark   April 6, 2007 at 2:54AM
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Growing these in NE New Jersey:

Phyllostachys nigra
P. areus
P. bamboosoides "castillon"
P. vivax
P. viridis "Robert Young"
P. nidalaria
Pseudosasa japonica
Sasa palmata
Fargesia robusta
Fargesia mureliae
Borlinda angustissima

    Bookmark   April 22, 2007 at 4:30PM
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i'm only growing 1 type of bamboo at present,i have got a 7-8 year old grove of (yellow groove )bamboo, and have been taking divisions and planting them the last couple days. here is a link to pics of my grove:

Here is a link that might be useful: yellow groove

    Bookmark   April 22, 2007 at 5:52PM
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Being relatively new to bamboo (three years) and somewhat confined as to space, I only have six so far. A Fargesia Murielae and Fargesia Nitida are my two oldest. They havent done much yet, but I am hoping to see them take off this year.

Then I decided to risk the neighbors wrath and try a runner. Being in zone 5 it should be fairly safe. I got a Phyllostachys Bissetii. This gave me three new shoots in itÂs second year, all well behaved and close to "Mom". The tallest is almost five feet. I canÂt wait to see what this year will bring!

Last year I got a Sasa Senanensis , a Phyllostachys Decora and a Pleioblastus Chino Murakamianus. It has been so cold this spring that I only recently took off the winter mulch so canÂt be sure yet if they survived the winter. Cross your fingers for me!

Off the subject, but gotta glad I found this site. When IÂm not out staring at my bamboo IÂm reading until my eyes cross!

    Bookmark   April 23, 2007 at 8:38PM
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Got here trying to figure out what bamboo I got in a trade. I only have the one. I have enough addictions!
It's a lovely variegated, nice striped stalks. I'll identify it one of these days. Hope to get it planted this weekend. Assured it will not take off running, a big problem in our climate, and will form a good sized clump.
Tally HO!

    Bookmark   October 24, 2007 at 4:22PM
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What colour is it, yellow, green, with white stripes?

Post a picture and someone can likely ID it for you.


    Bookmark   October 24, 2007 at 9:00PM
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I don't have any way to post pictures. It's yellowish with green stripes. Maybe guadua angustifolia bicolor? Just a guess from the pics posted. I'll know more once it gets to growing well.

How do ya'll keep your bamboos from taking over the world? That's part of the reason I stay away from them, I've seen yards here that were solid bamboo, doesn't seem to matter what variety, they like the climate and take off! Plus I don't need ANOTHER plant addiction! Got started on palms this year and now there are 5 waiting to be planted.
Tally HO!

    Bookmark   October 26, 2007 at 4:34PM
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hello_c_j_here(7 Cary, NC)

Wow...2005 to present... nice thread.
Take care

Several mentioned possibilities of lending a hand to a fellow booer (me) for some samples :-)

Offers still valid?

    Bookmark   October 26, 2007 at 6:42PM
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Beachplant, it is most likely a clumper and won't need a barrier, so don't worry, it won't take over your yard.

Sounds like Bambusa multiplex 'Al Karr' a common yellow bamboo with green stripes. In your area it could also be Bambusa vulgaris 'Vittata' or PAINTED BAMBOO which gets much large than Al Karr.

There are a few others that fit that description but Guadua angustifolia bicolor has 'thorns' on it which is a giveaway, so I don't think it is Bi-colour. When young, the culms tend to be more green with yellow stripes instead of the opposite.

How large it the 'mother' clump? What size culms, thickness and height??

CJ, where have you been?? Good to see you're still around. How are your boos doing??


    Bookmark   October 26, 2007 at 9:02PM
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waldon(SE Qld Aus)

5 here.

Timor Black
Java Black
China Gold

too lazy to type in the botanical names.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2007 at 7:48AM
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Ghost = Henon?

    Bookmark   October 27, 2007 at 9:27AM
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hello_c_j_here(7 Cary, NC)

I'm good thanks... Been over worked and underpaid!! lol... Had a few back surgerys as well... falling out of perfectly good planes for a living is never a good idea :( but back is near 90% these days.

Asper and Lako I receiced way back never made the trip... hoped they would show some signs of life but after nearly a year... nothing. I think boonut sent them. I forget.

I'm not getting a notice of reply here either ...weird.
Well... any boos in need of a new adoptive home... just hollar :-) think you mentioned a while back that you would send me some samples :-).
Take care

    Bookmark   October 27, 2007 at 2:10PM
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waldon(SE Qld Aus)


Ghost = Dendrocalamus minor var 'Amoenus'

    Bookmark   October 27, 2007 at 6:16PM
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I've not seen the clump mine came from. Right now I have a 5 gallon pot with about 8 stalks, they appear to have been cut off and have some foliage, about 4' tall. Didn't see any thorns. I was a bit worried cause the bi-color seemed a might larger than I want in the yard. There are some new sprouts coming up.
How much sun?
Tally HO!

    Bookmark   November 1, 2007 at 10:02AM
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Full sun to part shade would be best if planted in the ground, but being in a pot, you could give it less sun, which would help keep the soil from drying out too fast when you are away for a while.

Al Karr gets about 18 to 20 feet here west of Houston, but for you it might reach 25 feet. Is that too tall?

It will have thorns if it is bi-color, even when it is small, and bi-color is quite rare here. I have some in a pot but know of no one else in Texas that grows it.

I'm still leaning toward Al Karr.


    Bookmark   November 1, 2007 at 8:55PM
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Guess I have seven-

Bambusa bambos
Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr'
Bambusa vulgaris 'Wamin'
Bambusa multiplex
Bambusa vulgaris 'Wamin Striata'
Dendrocalamus asper 'Betung Hitam'
One unknown species-should probably post a pic somewhere & see if I can get it identified

    Bookmark   November 2, 2007 at 8:40AM
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I can live with 25'. I'll stick it over in the back corner. AM sun. If possible I stick everything in the ground! Might as well, as you know, here in Texas in a pot just means the roots grow through the bottom & the plant is forever stuck in the pot!
Where are you at anyway KT? I'm on the island. Are you going to the Ft. Bend trade this weekend?
Tally HO!

    Bookmark   November 5, 2007 at 12:33PM
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Just remember, as I mentioned, it could also still be Bambusa vulgaris 'Vittata' PAINTED BAMBOO, among two others that I grow here. These are B. eutuldoides 'Viridivittata'
and B. pervariabilis 'Viridistriatus' both getting about the same in height here, around 25 feet, but are a bit less cold hardy than Al Karr.

We are located about 75 miles west of Houston,

We can't make it to the Ft. Bend trade this weekend due to prior engagements, but would like to go. How about you, will you be going?

I have been to Maas Nursery in Seabrook, on many occasions, they have a pretty good selection of bamboo there.

Keep me posted on your bamboo, as I am interested to see which one it will turn out to be, yet I still believe it is Al Karr, but you never know.


    Bookmark   November 5, 2007 at 8:55PM
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I love Maas! Though sometimes their prices are a bit much.
I'm going to be at the Ft. Bend trade, this is the first time I've gone to it. I go to Galveston County and to Mercer.
This is my first venture into bamboos, I have too many other addictions! Now I have to find room for all these bamboos I want now!
Tally HO!

    Bookmark   November 6, 2007 at 10:43AM
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Yes, I have many plant addictions also, but bamboo is by far the biggest addiction.

You should be able to grow even more clumpers in your area than I can here. Runners might do too well for you, and you might have to spend a lot of time keeping them contained.

Look into the Bambusas, there are many to choose from to add to your collection. B. chungii has blue-ish culms, very beautiful. B. oldhamii gets very tall and grows very erect, with no leaning outward and the culms can get over four inches thick. There are some with green culms, yellow culms, green with white stripes, green with yellow stripes, yellow with green stripes, etc.


    Bookmark   November 6, 2007 at 7:16PM
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Thanks KT, as if my other plant addictions aren't bad enough ya'll have me wanting bamboos now! I just went to my favorite nursery & got some new bromeliads I didn't have (or need for that matter!). I just have to road trip to Maas don't I? Then of course off to Lousiana for the nurseries there....
I need a bigger yard!
No runners for me, you can NOT contain them down here. One of my plant traders put one in his yard, it's now in the neighbors, the drainage pond..... Tally HO!

    Bookmark   November 9, 2007 at 12:05PM
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There's a Nursery in Opelousas(sp?) Louisiana, I think it's called Louisiana Nursery, and they have a whole lot of bamboo, but you may need to make an appointment to visit there. I believe they have a website.

I bought some P. nigra there many years ago. They have many other plants also. Their catalog has no photos, but is packed with different kinds of plants.

There are many clumpers that will do very well in your area, but most are much larger than the Bambusas and might take up too much space.

Click here for ABS species list

Look under Dendrocalamus, Gigantochloa, Guadua, and Thyrostachys for some nice bamboos. I have some of each here but they don't do very well because it gets too cold in the Winter.

Good Luck


    Bookmark   November 9, 2007 at 7:51PM
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I have 107 bamboos in my garden (ground and pots)

Bambusa multiplex Alphonse Karr
Bambusa ventricosa
Bambusa vulgaris (semis)
Bashania fargesii
Barchystachium densiflorum
Chimonobambusa tumidissinoda
Chimonobambusa macrophylla f. Intermedia
Chimonobambusa marmorea
Chimonobambusa pachystachys
Chimonobambusa quadrangularis
Chimonobambusa quadrangularis Suow
Chimonobambusa quadrangularis Tatejima
Chusquea gigantea
Fargesia denudata
Fargesia dracocephala
Fargesia fractiflexa
Fargesia murielae
Fargesia murielae Jumbo
Fargesia murielae Lava
Fargesia nitida Black Pearl
Fargesia nitida Carwinion
Fargesia nitida Great Wall
Fargesia nymphenburg (from seeds)
Fargesia jiuzhaigou 1
Fargesia jiuzaighou 2
Fargesia jiuzaighou 4
Fargesia jiuzaighou 9
Fargesia jiuzaighou Genf
Fargesia robusta Campbell
Fargesia jiuzaighou Red Panda
Fargesia robusta Wolong
Fargesia pingwu
Fargesia scabrida
Fargesia yulongshanensis
Fargesia rufa
fargesia nitida Gansu (semis 95-2 de Jos Van der Palen)
Himalayacalamus hookerianus 'Himalaya Blue'
Himalayacalamus falconeri 'Damarapa'
Indocalamus tesselatus
Otatea acuminata Aztecorum
Phyllostachys acuta
Phyllostachys arcana Luteosulcata
Phyllostachys atrovaginata
Phyllostachys aurea
Phyllostachys aurea Holochrysa
Phyllostachys aureosulcata Argus
Phyllostachys aureosulcata Aureocaulis
Phyllostachys aureosulcata f Alata
Phyllostachys aureosulcata Harbin inversa
Phyllostachys aureosulcata Harbin
Phyllostachys aureosulcata Lama Temple
Phyllostachys aureosulcata Spectabilis
Phyllostachys bambusoides Shouzhou
Phyllostachys bambusoides Albovariegata
Phyllostachys bambusoides Castillonis
Phyllostachys bambusoides Marliacea
Phyllostachys bambusoides Tanakae
Phyllostachys bambusoides Subvariegata
Phyllostachys dulcis
Phyllostachys Edulis
Phyllostachys edulis Gracilis
Phyllostachys elegans
Phyllostachys glauca
Phyllostachys glauca Yunzhu
Phyllostachys heteroclada
Phyllostachys incarnata
Phyllostachys iridescens
Phyllostachys kwangsiensis
Phyllostachys lofushanensis
Phyllostachys nigra
Phyllostachys nigra Boryana
Phyllostachys nigra Megurochiku
Phyllostachys nigra Punctata
Phyllostachys nigra Henonis Humilis
Phyllostachys platyglossa
Phyllostachys praecox
Phyllostachys rubromarginata
Phyllostachys shanghai 3
Phyllostachys Sulfurea
Phyllostachys violascens
Phyllostachys violascens Aureosulcata
Phyllostachys viridiglaucescens
Phyllostachys viridis
Phyllostachys vivax (le vert) (Jantonqing cl�ne)
Phyllostachys vivax Aureocaulis
Phyllostachys vivax Huangwenzhu
Phyllostachys vivax Huangwenzhu Inversa
Pleioblastus viridistriatus
Pleioblastus fortunei
Pleioblastus chino Hisauchi
Pleioblastus linearis
Pleioblastus hindsii
Pseudosasa japonica
Pseudosasa japonica Tsutsumiana
Sasa kurilensis
Sasa kurilensis Shimofuri
Sasa palmata Nebulosa
Sasa veitchii
Semiarundinaria fastuosa
Semiarundinaria fastuosa viridis
Semiarundinaria makinoi
Semiarundinaria yashadake Kimmei
Shibatea chinensis
Shibatea kumasasa
Shibatea nanpingensis
Sinobambusa tootsik
Sinobambusa yixingensis
Thamnocalamus crassinodus Kew Beauty
Dendrocalamus minor

    Bookmark   July 28, 2011 at 2:50PM
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Only have 4 and five more on the way--and I just started a month ago. Addiction for sure, but maybe with more I won't be constantly peering at them. You think? Nah, just more to watch.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2011 at 10:53PM
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