What is your favorite tall clumping bamboo for zone 8? Enable me!

flowerstreet(z8 OR)November 13, 2006

Am new to bamboo...want to plant a clump to get 20+feet tall. I am amazed at the amount of different types! I had no idea...I need help narrowing it down, wondering what are some favorites? Thanks!

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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

For that height probably best to plant a Phyllostachys with a barrier.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2006 at 3:05AM
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garbonzo(8b)

May I suggest Borinda boliana? I planted 3 this summer in portland and the growth is already astonishing. Trade Winds has plants grown from seed. They are in state so shipping is quick and cheap.

Here is a link that might be useful: Tradewinds Bamboo

    Bookmark   November 13, 2006 at 1:34PM
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kentuck_8b(__)

Here in z8b in Texas, the tallest cold hardy bamboo is Bambusa textilis, growing 40+ feet and cold hardy to below 15F. It does very well here during Winter months and tolerate high heat and wind very well.

Other less cold hardy clumpers are B. oldhamii and B. tuldoides, both get severe Winter weather damage when temps get below 20F.

For smaller clumpers, try B. multiplex or some of it's varieties, the tallest get to about 20 feet here and there are many to chose from.

Good Luck

Kt

    Bookmark   November 13, 2006 at 8:40PM
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flowerstreet(z8 OR)

Thank you all for the suggestions! I'm planning to visit Bamboo Gardens nursery (outside of Portland) this week. Can't wait. Anyone ever order from them?

Here is a link that might be useful: bamboo garden

    Bookmark   November 16, 2006 at 1:57PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Ned's been at it a long time, you should be able to get something good.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2006 at 12:52PM
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