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Unknown Bamboo

Posted by wayner2000 5b Ontario ( on
Sat, Jun 3, 06 at 23:48

Hi, I live in Southern Ontario, Zone 5B, and have just received a bamboo from a friend. How can I tell what type of bamboo this is? I know it likes full sun and may be invasive however I would love to be able to put a name to it. Any help would be much appreciated..........Wayne

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RE: Unknown Bamboo

Best way would be to post a link to a pic of the Bamboo... several up close of the emerging culms and a shot of the entire plant helps too. May not be conclusive ... but we'll get pretty close I bet :-D
Take care

RE: Unknown Bamboo

  • Posted by kudzu9 Zone 8b, WA (My Page) on
    Sun, Jun 4, 06 at 14:36

Bamboo are often hard to differentiate. There are over 1200 species. Admittedly some are tropical, and wouldn't be thriving in Canada, but that still leaves a lot of choices. Most bamboo are runners, and many thrive in a variety of light conditions, so we're pretty much at ground zero here. If you have any hope of this getting identified, you need to provide those closeup photos cj suggested.

RE: Unknown Bamboo

  • Posted by bboy z8 WA USA (My Page) on
    Sun, Jun 4, 06 at 23:04

Beware of Japanese knotweed.

RE: Unknown Bamboo

Hi, I would like to "Thank" everyone for their replys. Bboy, I believe you are right, I did a lookup on google and viewed the images of Japanese knotweed and it looks exactly like the pics I saw. Thanks for the help, this is one plant that won't be going in my garden........Wayne

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