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Clumper/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
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
'Fernleaf'
FERNLEAF BAMBOO 20.00 0.50 18 5 Usually small in size with 10 to 20 closely spaced, two ranked leaves. Often culms come up that have reverted to the larger leaves.   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
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
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
angustissima
  18.00 0.80 10 3 From Sichuan. Arching culms with white powder and purple sheaths at first, and narrow leaves. Was listed as Fargesia. Fargesia angustissima Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
ChimonobambusaA 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 an
Chimonobambusa
marmorea
MARBLED BAMBOO 6.00 0.50 15 3 New shoots and culm leaves are marbled with cream and purple. The almost solid culms turn dark purple.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Chimonobambusa
marmorea
'Variegata'
  6.00 0.50 16 3 Same, except the leaves have narrow white stripes.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Chimonobambusa
quadrangularis
SQUARE BAMBOO 25.00 1.50 15 4 Prominent nodes. Culms are square in cross section with rounded corners, especially on large mature plants.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
ChusqueaA genus of C & S American bamboos that contains 134 described species, and possibly another 70 yet to be described. They are mostly clumping mountain bamboos, but some are runners. The solid culms usually bear one dominant branch and numerous branchlets.
Chusquea
culeou
  15.00 1.00 0 5 Hardy clumper, from southern Chile, long cultivated in Europe. Has many branches per node, all equal size. Many different clones available of varying hardiness and form.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Chusquea
gigantea
  25.00 1.50 0 5 Shoots red, culms light and dark green. Closely allied to C. culeou. Many branches per node, one to three thicker and very long. An “open clumper.” Has been sold as C. breviglumis. Chusquea breviglumis Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
DrepanostachyumSmall to medium size clumping, bamboos, elegant leaves. Smaller than Himalayacalamus Culm sheaths hairy inside at top. Branches many and all equal, while Himalayacalamus species also have a dominant central branch.
Drepanostachyum
falcatum
var. sengteeanum
  30.00 1.10 20 3 Bright green culms, small, papery thin leaves. Hardiest Drepanostachyum. Was sold in the US as D. falconeri. D.falconeri, A. falconeri, H. falconeri var glomeratum 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
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
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
HibanobambusaA running genus from Japan once thought to be a natural bigeneric hybrid between Sasa veitchii and Phyllostachys nigra 'Henon', but with little evidence to support that idea.
Hibanobambusa
tranquillans
'Shiroshima'
  16.00 1.30 3 4 This form has strikingly attractive leaves variegated in cream and green. The colors persist throughout the year.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
HimalayacalamusClump-forming mountain bamboos from the Himalayas with attractive culms and lush foliage.
Himalayacalamus
falconeri
  30.00 1.30 15 3 US clone is from Damarapa with no stripes. Also see Drepanostachyum sengteeanum. Drepanostachyum sengteeanum Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
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
Himalayacalamus
planatus
  20.00 0.50 15 3 From C Nepal. As H. falconeri but with rougher culm sheaths. Split from H. asper. Previously Neomicrocalamus microphyllus. H. asper Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
IndocalamusSmall, running bamboos from China with large, broad leaves; similar to Sasa but with non-prominent culm nodes.
Indocalamus
tessellatus
Big Leaf 7.00 0.50 -10 4 Usually less than 4 feet tall, it can reach 10ft and has the largest leaves of any bamboo in cultivation, up to 26 inches by 5 inches. Adapts easily to growing in pots. Does well in shade or sun.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
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
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
'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
'Alata'
  30.00 2.00 -5 5 Similar to the above, but with a green groove. Culms grow larger and are often markedly zigzag. Probably synonymous with P. aureosulcata 'Pekinensis'.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
aureosulcata
'Aureocaulis'
  26.00 1.50 -5 5 Culms are entirely yellow except for a few vertical green stripes.   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
'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
bambusoides
'Castillon Inversa'
  35.00 2.00 5 5 This is the complement of the above; culms are green with yellow grooves.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
bambusoides
'Castillon'
  35.00 2.00 5 5 Golden yellow culms with green grooves and stripes. An occasional leaf is striped in cream. It died due to flowering, and a new clone with less leaf variegation, sometimes called 'McClure's Castillon', has been introduced.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
bambusoides
'Marliac'
  25.00 1.50 5 5 A form with wrinkled culms due to numerous longitudinal grooves running the length of each internode on all sides of the culm. A rare ornamental.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
bambusoides
'Slender Crookstem'
  48.00 3.00 0 5 Smaller than regular P. bambusoides with culms that often show a marked zigzag of lower internodes.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
bambusoides
'Tanakae'
  U U 5 U Culms marked with elliptical purplish-brown spots.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
bambusoides
'White Crookstem'
  48.00 3.00 0 5 The older culms are covered with white powder.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
dulcis
Sweetshoot bamboo 40.00 3.20 0 5 Arching culms. Named because its shoots are particularly free of any acrid taste.   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
heteroclada
'Purpurata'
  18.00 0.80 5 5 The slender, zigzag culms often bend to the ground under the weight of rain or in a strong wind. Air channels in rhizomes permit growth in wet locations. Phyllostachys purpurata Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
humilis
  20.00 1.00 3 5 One of the smallest members of the genus, it is widely cultivated in Japan. Culms darken with age.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
nigra
'Bory'
Snakeskin 50.00 3.00 0 5 Differs from P. nigra by growing larger. Culms blotched with black, never completely black.   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
'Henon'
  65.00 3.50 0 5 Culms totally green, usually much larger than Black bamboo.Distinctive culms are rough to the touch and whitish green.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
nigra
'Megurochiku'
  54.00 3.50 3 5 Green, similar to 'Henon' but the culm grooves are brown or purplish-black.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
nigra
'Shimadake'
  54.00 3.50 0 5 Similar to Henon but with occasional brown vertical stripes on the culm after the first year.   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
propinqua
  30.00 2.00 0 5 Reintroduced to U.S. from China via Germany. Hardier than most others of the genus.   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
  47.00 3.30 0 5 A large species, high quality wood, excellent shoots. Culms feel somewhat rough due to tiny indentations.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
viridis
'Houzeau'
  45.00 3.00 0 5 Differs by having culms that are green with a yellow groove.   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
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PleioblastusGenus of small and medium size running bamboos with persistent culm leaves. Most are native to Japan, were formerly classified in Arundinaria.
Pleioblastus
chino
  10.00 0.80 5 4 A medium size bamboo native to Japan.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Pleioblastus
distichus
DWARF FERN LEAF 2.00 0.20 0 3 Branchlets bear tiny, two ranked leaves which are often only 1 inch long by 1/4 inch wide. A good ground cover or container plant.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Pleioblastus
fortunei
Dwarf Whitestripe 4.00 0.20 10 3 Dwarf variegated bamboo. Leaves keep their white stripes through the year, softly hairy on the lower surface. Aka P. variegatus. Pleioblastus variegatus Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Pleioblastus
gramineus
  12.00 0.50 5 4 The long rather narrow leaves are grass-like in appearance.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
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Pleioblastus
hindsii
  15.00 1.00 0 4 Similar to P. gramineus, but with wider, more erect leaves.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
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Pleioblastus
humilis
  7.00 0.30 0 3 An attractive dwarf with dark green leaves. An aggressive runner good for erosion control.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
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Pleioblastus
linearis
  14.00 1.00 10 5 A native of Taiwan, a vigorous runner with long, narrow, grass-like leaves.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Pleioblastus
simonii
MEDAKE 20.00 1.50 5 4 A medium size hardy bamboo that produces straight culms which are useful for many purposes.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Pleioblastus
simonii
'Variegatus'
  20.00 1.50 5 4 Has some leaves variegated. Leaves on a culm may be different types— broad, narrow, green, or white striped.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Pleioblastus
viridistriatus
Dwarf Green Stripe 3.00 0.30 0 2 The new leaves in spring are golden-yellow with green stripes, about 7 by 1.5 inch, densely hairy on the lower surface. Old culms should be mowed in winter making way for brilliant new growth in spring.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
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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
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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
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SasaRunning species, dwarf or up to 6 feet tall, with at most one branch per node. The leaves are usually large.
Sasa
palmata
  7.00 0.50 5 2 The thick, leathery leaves are up to 15 inches long by 21/2 inches wide. It does well in pots, looks best when grown in the shade. Grows taller in cool climates.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Sasa
veitchii
KUMA-ZASA 5.00 0.30 5 2 In Winter dark green leaves have very broad white margins. This, along with large leaves on short plants gives a unique, striking appearance.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
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SasaellaSimilar to Sasa except that culms are more erect, leaves are smaller and the oral setae have bristles only near the base.
Sasaella
bitchuensis
  6.00 0.40 5 2 Native to the eastern side of Honshu, Japan; it has densely hairy culm leaf sheaths.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Sasaella
masamuneana
'Albostriata'
FUIRI-SHIIYAZASA 6.00 0.30 5 3 An attractive variegated bamboo with thick leaves striped in white or cream. Sasaella glabra 'Albostriata' Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
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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
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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
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Semiarundinaria
yashadake
  25.00 1.50 0 5 Similar to S. fastuosa except with broader leaves and long hairs at the base of the culm leaf sheaths.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
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ShibataeaA genus with very dense, short, zig-zagged angular culms with 3-5 branches per node, often clipped into balls.
Shibataea
kumasaca
  7.00 0.30 -5 3 Short, broad leaves on slender, nearly solid culms with prominent nodes and short slightly zigzag internodes. Prefers acid soil, shows extensive leaf burn if in alkaline environment.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
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Shibataea
kumasaca
'Albostriata'
  7.00 0.30 -5 3 Similar, but with white striped leaves.   Sources
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Shibataea
kumasaca
'Aureostriata'
  7.00 0.30 -5 3 Similar, but has gold stripes on the young leaves.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
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ThamnocalamusClumping bamboos from the mountains of eastern Asia and Africa, similar to Fargesia.
Thamnocalamus
crassinodus
  18.00 0.80 U U From Nepal and Tibet. Culm nodes swollen, branching very strong, some clones with small leaves. No auricles. Fargesia crassinodus Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Thamnocalamus
crassinodus
'Merlyn'
  25.00 1.00 5 U Tallest and hardiest of several clones.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
YushaniaA large group of spreading thornless frost-hardy bamboos from Taiwan, the Himalayas and Africa. Rhizomes pachymorph, often with long rootless necks, but also tillering, so forming spreading thickets.
Yushania
anceps
  12.00 0.50 10 3 One of the beautiful mountain bamboos from the Himalayas of India. Arundinaria anceps Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Open Clumper
Yushania
anceps
'Pitt White'
  25.00 0.50 10 3 May grow taller than the species. Narrow leaves, weeping. A clone from Britain.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Open Clumper


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