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Davis Bamboo

Davis, CA 95616
U.S.A.
530-756-7997 Fax:
Daniel J. Nurco, M.Sc., Ph.D.

www.DavisBamboo.com
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Clumper/Runner
ArundinariaGenus of small to medium size hardy running bamboos, with numerous branches at each node and persistent culm sheaths. New shoots in spring. Native to the US only. All other species should be moved to different genera.
Arundinaria
gigantea
RIVER CANE 20.00 1.00 -10 5 Native to the U.S. Once grew from Georgia and Texas to Maryland and Ohio.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
BambusaGenus of tropical and subtropical clumping bamboos, usually giant, with numerous branches at a node, one or three much larger than the rest. New shoots appear in late summer or fall in their native areas.
Bambusa
chungii
  33.00 2.50 21 5 Culms covered with white powder. Thin walled. Used in papermaking, weaving.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
eutuldoides
'Viridivittata'
  25.00 1.00 21 5 Yellow culms with varying dark green stripes. New shoots have pink and peach tones. Low branching.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
multiplex
HEDGE BAMBOO 25.00 1.50 18 5 Each node bears a large number of branches down to the culm base, making a dense hedge. Hardiest of the Bambusa.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
multiplex
'Alphonse Karr'
  25.00 1.50 18 5 Similar to the species, but the culms and branches are bright yellow with irregular longitudinal narrow dark green stripes. New shoots and culms are often reddish.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
multiplex
'Midori Green'
GREEN ALPHONSE 15.00 1.50 18 5 Similar to 'Alphonse Karr', but the culms and branches are light green with dark green stripes. Bambusa multiplex 'Green Alphonse' Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
multiplex
'Silverstripe'
  25.00 1.50 18 5 Many leaves have white stripes and some culms are also striped with white.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
oldhamii
GIANT TIMBER 55.00 4.00 21 5 The most common giant tropical bamboo grown in the U.S. Culms straight and erect with relatively short branches. Leaves are rather wide.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
textilis
WEAVER'S BAMBOO 40.00 2.00 18 5 Tight clumps. An extremely handsome plant that arches gracefully. The thin-walled culms are used for weaving.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
textilis
'Dwarf'
  18.00 1.25 18 5 Shorter, less erect. "This one is from a Bambusa textilis seedling that Roy Works sold to Rockledge Gardens in Florida and they have been selling it for a good number of years as a dwarf version of textilis and it has remained about half size of a regular textilis."   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
textilis
'Mutabilis'
  40.00 2.30 18 5 Persistent blue-white bloom and long internodes. Previously misidentified as B. mutabilis and as B. textilis var. fusca. Bambusa mutabilis Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
textilis
var. gracilis
  30.00 1.30 18 5 Culm more slender than the typical B. textilis, nodding top, graceful foliage.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
tuldoides
PUNTING POLE 55.00 2.30 21 5 Somewhat similar to B. tulda but not as large and more hardy. It produces a large number of thick walled culms growing in a tight clump.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
ventricosa
BUDDHA'S BELLY 55.00 2.30 21 5 It becomes a dwarf with swollen internodes when grown in pots under dry conditions. In the ground it reverts to a giant with zigzag culms and branches. Bambusa tuldoides 'ventricosa' Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
ventricosa
'Kimmei'
  55.00 2.30 21 5 As the species, but with yellow culms striped with green.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
vulgaris
COMMON BAMBOO 50.00 4.00 30 5 Common throughout the tropical world. Open clump, culms spaced a foot or two apart. Culm cuttings root very easily. Used for banana props.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
vulgaris
'Wamin'
  16.00 3.00 30 5 A dwarf form with short and swollen lower green internodes.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
BergbambosA genus of one species from southern Africa, inflorescences similar to Thamnocalamus and branching as Fargesia
Bergbambos
tessellata
BERGBAMBOES 16.00 0.80 0 4 Bergbamboes' of S. Africa. Clumps tight to loose, sun-tolerant, leaves randomly arranged, leaf sheaths persistent. Thamnocalamus tessellatus Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
BorindaClump-forming mountain bamboos from Bhutan, Tibet, Yunnan, & Sichuan, with different flowers to Fargesia and shorter rhizomes than Yushania. Culms usually blue at first, usually with very fine grooves..
Borinda
fungosa
  20.00 1.00 20 3 Yunnan, from 6,000 to 9,000 feet. Shoots sweet, culms used for weaving. Fargesia fungosa Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
ChimonobambusaMedium size running bamboos, often with raised, sometimes thorny nodes, or quadrangular culms, initiating new shoots in the fall or winter, or early spring hence "Winter bamboos".
Chimonobambusa
marmorea
'Variegata'
  6.00 0.50 16 3 Same, except the leaves have narrow white stripes.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Chimonobambusa
tumidissinoda
Walking stick 20.00 1.30 10 4 A rare Chinese bamboo noted for its inflated culm nodes. Used for walking sticks in Sichuan, and highly prized for dried shoots. Qiongzhuea tumidissinoda Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
ChimonocalamusA group of medium-sized clumping bamboos from Yunnan, China with culms bearing thorny basal nodes. Similar to Chimonobambusa but clumping and less hardy, from 1400 to only only 2000 meters in subtropical mountainous regions. Shoots are very good eating.
Chimonocalamus
pallens
  26.00 1.20 U 3 Erect culms, woody with root thorns at internode. Culm sheaths have green and purple striping.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
FargesiaClumping bamboos from the alpine conifer forests of west and southwest China. Medium to small and all very cold hardy, but not tolerant of very high summer temperatures. Flowers like toothbrushes. Culms smooth.
Fargesia
apicirubens
'White Dragon'
  8.00 0.50 -5 3 Selected seedling with Akebono style white variegation on spring leaves. Fargesia dracocephala 'White Dragon' Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Fargesia
denudata
  16.00 0.50 3 3 From Sichuan. Similar to F. murieliae, but leaves are smaller and more delicate. Culms branch out after the first winter.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Fargesia
dracocephala
'Rufa'
  10.00 0.50 -10 2 From Sichuan. Early shoots. Also known as Gansu 95-1. Close to the description of the real F. dracocephala. Fargesia sp. 'rufa' Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Fargesia
murieliae
UMBRELLA BAMBOO 15.00 0.50 -15 2 Similar to F. nitida but with green culms. May be the hardiest bamboo in the U.S. Grows at above 10,000 feet in China, important panda food.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Fargesia
nitida
FOUNTAIN BAMBOO 12.00 0.50 -15 2 Upright culms with thick grey deciduous wax when young, may become nearly black. Sheaths orange-ribbed. First introduced as seed in 1889, from which many cultivars named. Those plants currently starting a protracted flowering phase and probably all about   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Fargesia
nitida
'Jiuzhaigou'
  12.00 0.50 -15 2 New introductions. Several new seedling clones from Jiuzhaigou Reserve.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Fargesia
robusta
  16.00 1.00 0 4 From Sichuan Province, China, at elevations over 8,000 feet.Early shoots.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Fargesia
robusta
'Pingwu'
  15.00 0.75 0 4 This species has dark green foliage and light green culms, new shoots are hairy and rusty red upon emergence from the ground in early spring. The leaf size is intermediate between Campbell and Wolong. Culm sheaths persist and soon fade to a light color, almost white, giving the culms a very attractive checkerboard look in the spring through early summer. 'Green Screen' is a trademarked name of this cultivar.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Fargesia
sp.
'Scabrida'
  U U -5 4 From Pingwu, Sichuan. Orange sheaths as F. dracocephala 'Rufa' but with more culm wax. Not F. scabrida.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
HimalayacalamusClump-forming mountain bamboos from the Himalayas with attractive culms and lush foliage.
Himalayacalamus
falconeri
'Damarapa'
CANDY-STRIPE BAMBOO 20.00 2.00 15 2 Beautiful cultivar with masses of leaves on long, slender branchlets. Culms green, striped with yellow or lavender-pink. Formerly misidentified, and Drepanostachyum hookerianum. Species stil uncertain. Drepanostachyum hookerianum Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Himalayacalamus
hookerianus
BLUE BAMBOO 20.00 0.80 20 2 Light blue culms become blue-purple in first winter. Formaly sold as Drepanostachyum falcatum. Named seedling clones have not maintained differences when mature. Drepanostachyum falcatum Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
OtateaGenus of American clumping bamboos with 3 known species. From central Mexico to Central America.
Otatea
acuminata
ssp. Aztecorum
MEXICAN WEEPING 20.00 1.50 22 4 The long narrow leaves are produced in such abundance that they almost completely obscure the culms. Clumps open with culms spaced up to 1 or 2 feet.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
PhyllostachysMedium to giant runners which have a distinct groove above pairs of unequal branches at mid-culm nodes. They shoot in spring.
Phyllostachys
acuta
  26.00 2.50 0 5 Introduced from Zhejiang Province, China in 1984. Named for its sharp-pointed shoots.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
angusta
STONE BAMBOO 22.00 1.30 -2 5 Called Stone Bamboo because of the hard texture of its culms which in China are used to make fine bamboo furniture.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
atrovaginata
INCENSE BAMBOO 35.00 2.80 -5 5 The shoots are among those having the least bite when raw. These plants were formerly listed as P. congesta. Phyllostachys congesta Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
aurea
GOLDEN, FISHPOLE BAMBOO 27.00 1.80 5 5 The most commonly cultivated bamboo in the U.S., easily identified by one to several short internodes at the base of some of its culms. It is most invasive in areas with warm summers. Culm may grow to 3 inches diameter in favorable conditions.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
aurea
'Flavescens-inversa'
  27.00 1.80 5 5 The green culms have a pale yellow groove.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
aurea
'Holochrysa'
GOLDEN GOLDEN 27.00 1.80 5 5 Unlike the typical form whose culms stay green until old, these culms soon turn yellow, then golden orange.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
aurea
'Koi'
  27.00 1.80 5 5 The culms turn from green to yellow after the first 6 months, but the culm grooves remain green.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
aureosulcata
Yellow Groove 45.00 2.20 -5 5 The culms are more slender and delicate than golden bamboo; young culms are green with a yellow groove. Culm internodes distinctly rough to the touch when young, and an occasional culm has a zigzag kink.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
aureosulcata
'Harbin Inversa'
  26.00 1.50 -5 5 Yellow culms with fine green striping, no grooves other than the sulcus. It has a beautiful orange/crimson highlight for a while in the spring when grown in full sun   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
aureosulcata
'Spectabilis'
Green groove 26.00 1.50 -5 5 The culms are yellow with a green groove, just opposite of the typical form. Smaller in hottest areas.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
bambusoides
GIANT JAPANESE TIMBER, MADAKE 72.00 6.00 5 5 The most utilized bamboo in Japan where it is valued for its large straight thick-walled culms. Flowered extensively in the 1970’s and many plants died. Most plants have regained their vegetative vigor.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
bambusoides
'Albovariegata'
  25.00 1.75 5 5 Apricot fading to white leaf variegation is startling in the spring, but it fades by the end of the year. Culms green.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
bambusoides
'Allgold'
  35.00 2.00 5 5 The culms are entirely golden yellow except for an occasional thin green stripe.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
bissetii
  40.00 2.00 -10 5 A vigorously growing species whose culms are somewhat darker green than 'golden bamboo'. It is one of the first species of the genus to shoot in the spring.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
edulis
MOSO 75.00 7.00 5 5 Largest of the hardy bamboos. Young culms are covered with a velvety coat of soft hairs. The most used bamboo in China, used for food , timber, paper, plywood, and flooring. Phyllostachys heterocycla pubescens Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
elegans
  32.00 2.30 5 5 The species is highly regarded for its shoots. In spring it is one of the first species of the genus to shoot.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
flexuosa
  31.00 2.80 0 5 Named because some of the culms show a distinct zigzag pattern. One form is hardy to -8 ? F.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
heteroclada
WATER BAMBOO 33.00 1.50 -11 5 Larger, more erect, and less zigzag than P. h. 'Purpurata'. Phyllostachys purpurata 'Straightstem' Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
mannii
'Decora'
  30.00 1.80 -5 5 From the Yangtze valley and adjacent areas of China. In China, it is called the Beautiful Bamboo. One of the best performers under stress of desert heat, cold, and drought in Nevada. Now considered to be conspecific with P. mannii 'mannii'. Phyllostachys decora Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
meyeri
  33.00 2.00 0 5 Similar in appearance to P. aurea but without the short internodes.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
nigra
Black bamboo 30.00 2.00 5 5 Culms turn jet black after the first 6 months to one year. Popular because of its graceful habit and the sharp accent of its culm color. Said to grow larger in northern climates. It is not clear whether there is significant difference between some of the cultivars   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
nigra
'Daikokuchiku'
  57.00 3.30 5 5 A clone from California, claimed to be larger than the species, with culms supposedly turning black more rapidly than other clones.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
nigra
'Hale'
  20.00 1.50 0 4 Similar to the type, but smaller and hardier. Culms turn black almost immediately.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
nuda
  34.00 1.80 -10 5 Reputed to be the hardiest species of the genus. New culms are dark green and powdery.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
rubromarginata
  55.00 2.80 -5 5 Noted for its good quality wood and edible shoots,it tolerates cold, dry winds. Tests in Alabama showed it to be superior in culm production and cold tolerance.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
violascens
  20.00 2.00 0 5 Culms blackish-violet at first, sometimes striped with violet. Sheaths deep purple.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
viridis
'Robert Young'
  40.00 3.00 5 5 The culms and branches soon turn from sulfur green to old gold. Longitudinal green stripes of variable width mark many internodes.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
vivax
Vivax 70.00 5.00 5 5 Resembles P. bambusoides except that the culms have thinner walls and a white powdery band beneath each node at sheath-fall. Gray-green when mature.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
vivax
'Aureocaulis'
  70.00 5.00 5 5 The culms turn yellow with a few narrow green stripes.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
vivax
'Huangwenzhu Inversa'
  70.00 5.00 0 5 The culms are yellow with a green groove.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
vivax
'Huangwenzhu'
  70.00 5.00 0 5 Internodes green with yellow groove. From Henon. More frost resistant than the type.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
PleioblastusGenus of small and medium size running bamboos with persistent culm leaves. Most are native to Japan, were formerly classified in Arundinaria.
Pleioblastus
chino
'Vaginatus Variegatus'
  6.00 0.50 10 3 Differs from the type by its smaller, narrower, white striped leaves, which are hairless on both surfaces. The rhizomes run deep in the ground.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Pleioblastus
hindsii
  15.00 1.00 0 4 Similar to P. gramineus, but with wider, more erect leaves.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
PseudosasaSmall to medium size running bamboos which usually have only one branch at a node.
Pseudosasa
japonica
Arrow Bamboo 18.00 0.80 5 3 Erect culms with large broad leaves, up to a foot long by 1.5 inches wide. Less invasive than most other runners. It does well in tubs and pots. The culms were used in ancient japan to make arrows.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Pseudosasa
japonica
'Pleioblastoides'
  18.00 0.80 5 3 Differs only in having three branches at the node instead of just one.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Pseudosasa
japonica
'Tsutsumiana'
Green Onion 18.00 0.80 5 3 Similar to the species except that the culm internodes tend to be swollen in shape somewhat like that of a green onion.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
SemiarundinariaMedium size running bamboos with nearly cylindrical culms and culm leaves that hang for some time attached at the middle of their base.
Semiarundinaria
fastuosa
NARIHIRA BAMBOO 30.00 1.50 0 5 Stately cultivar with very erect, straight culms and very short branches Culms eventually turn mottled purplish brown. Internodes narrowly grooved above the branches.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Semiarundinaria
fastuosa
'Viridis'
  35.00 1.50 0 5 Similar to the species except that the culms remain green, branches are a little longer, and growth is more vigorous.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Semiarundinaria
makinoi
MAKINOI 16.00 0.80 5 4 The culms soon turn reddish-brown. An attractive small bamboo suitable for growing in pots.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
SinobambusaRunning bamboos similar to Semiarundinaria except that the culm leaves promptly fall off.
Sinobambusa
tootsik
'Albostriata'
  30.00 1.50 10 4 Similar to the type, but with yellowish white striped leaves.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner


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