Bamboo Species


Here is a partial list of our Bamboo species with plant descriptions, uses and pricing information. See a fuller listing in our new Bamboo Species Brochure for Download/View/Print. Please don't hesitate to contact us for other sizes, current pricing and special sales. Ask about free delivery to Upcountry or Central Maui.

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Common Name: Malay Dwarf

Scientific Name: Bambusa glaucophylla
Height: 12-15'
Culm Diameter: 1" solid
Culm Color: Green/gold
Leaf Pattern: Variegated green and white creates lighter green
Shape: Erect and bushy
Plant Uses: Excellent privacy hedge, windbreak, and ornamental
Culm Uses: Garden stakes
Shoots: Too small
Grow Conditions: Rugged, can handle wind, salt, drought, and wet
Wind Tolerance: Excellent
Origin: Malaysia
Defining features: Bushy to ground, creates impenetrable hedge, plant 5 to 10 feet apart
Price/Availability: $20 for 1 gallon container
$30 for 2 gallon container
$45 for 5 gallon container



Common Name: Mexican Weeping

Scientific Name: Otatea acuminata aztecorum
Height: 20'
Culm Diameter: 1" solid canes
Culm Color: Dark red/purple/black
Leaf Pattern: Long thin wispy leaves
Shape: Irregular fountain shape, open clumper
Plant Uses: Ornamental
Culm Uses: Solid culms, very strong, used in bamboo bicycles
Shoots: Very small
Grow Conditions: Likes higher elevations best
Wind Tolerance: Good
Origin: Mexico
Defining features: Unique bamboo look and excellent stand alone species for the botanical collection
Price/Availability: $50 for 2 gallon container
$75 for 5 gallon container



Common Name: Wamin, Lumpy Noodle

Scientific Name: Bambusa vulgaris 'Wamin'
Height: 16-25'
Culm Diameter: 3"
Culm Color: Green
Leaf Pattern: Large green
Shape: Boxy, distinctive bulge in culms
Plant Uses: Ornamental, hedge
Culm Uses: Furniture
Shoots: Edible but bitter
Grow Conditions: Grows tallest at higher altitudes, at lower altitudes will remain shorter
Wind Tolerance: Good
Origin: Unknown
Defining features: Can be an impenetrable hedging bamboo as it gets thick with branches from the ground up, very hardy
Price/Availability: $20 for 1 gallon container
$30 for 2 gallon container
$50 for 5 gallon container



Common Name: Alphonse karr

Scientific Name: Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr'
Height: 20-25'
Culm Diameter: 1"
Culm Color: Gold with green stripes, new shoots have beautiful pink blush that fades with age
Leaf Pattern: Small
Shape: Natural fountain which can be easily pruned
Plant Uses: Privacy hedge, windbreak, ornamental
Culm Uses: Strong thin canes
Shoots: Edible but very small
Grow Conditions: Hardy plant
Wind Tolerance: Excellent
Origin: China
Defining features: Versatile styling with fountain shape that can be pruned to reveal golden culms
Price/Availability: $30 for 2 gallon container
$45 for 5 gallon container



Common Name: Minor amoenus

Scientific Name: Dendrocalamus minor var. amoenus
Height: 25'
Culm Diameter: 2"
Culm Color: Vivid green with dark green stripes and a white powdery finish
Leaf Pattern: Large dark green, flat hand
Shape: Very erect, tight clumper
Plant Uses: Privacy hedge, ornamental
Culm Uses: not applicable
Shoots: not applicable
Grow Conditions: Normal bamboo hardiness
Wind Tolerance: Leaves tend to shred in high winds; not recommended for windy sites
Origin: Indonesia
Defining features: Exceptional color and exotic look with large leaf; the giant timber bamboo look of the Dendrocalamus genus in a small size and great for a small site
Price/Availability: $25 for 1 gallon container
$45 for 2 gallon container
$75 for 5 gallon container



Common Name: Graceful Weavers, Gracilis

Scientific Name: Bambusa textilis var. gracilis
Height: 20-25'
Culm Diameter: 1-1 1/4"
Culm Color: Green-turning golden
Leaf Pattern: Small, delicate, flat hand
Shape: Slight weeping form, tight clumper
Plant Uses: Excellent privacy hedge, windbreak, ornamental
Culm Uses: Weaving crafts
Shoots: Edible
Grow Conditions: Hardy: cold, wind, wet, drought and salt tolerant
Wind Tolerance: Excellent
Origin: Subtropical China
Defining features: Easy maintenance, makes a perfect hedge
Price/Availability: $55 for 2 gallon container
$85 for 5 gallon container



Common Name: Doli

Scientific Name: Bambusa dolichomerithalla 'Greenstripe'
Height: 25-30'
Culm Diameter: 2"
Culm Color: Vivid light green with occasional dark green striping
Leaf Pattern: Wide, flat, medium green
Shape: Vase
Plant Uses: Privacy hedge, windbreak, ornamental
Culm Uses: not applicable
Shoots: not applicable
Grow Conditions: Vigorous, drought hardy
Wind Tolerance: Excellent
Origin: Taiwan
Defining features: Multi-colored culms from light greenish yellow to dark green with stripes of varying shades of green, very dramatic in the landscape
Price/Availability: $25 for 1 gallon container
$40 for 2 gallon container
$65 for 5 gallon container



Common Name: White Bamboo

Scientific Name: Bambusa chungii
Height: 30'
Culm Diameter: 2"
Culm Color: White to gold
Leaf Pattern: Medium sized, light green
Shape: Erect form, leafless lower 10'
Plant Uses: Privacy hedge, ornamental
Culm Uses: Thin walled culms, weaving handicrafts
Shoots: not applicable
Grow Conditions: Normal bamboo hardiness
Wind Tolerance: Good
Origin: China
Defining features: Spectacular white accent color
Price/Availability: $45 for 2 gallon container
$75 for 5 gallon container



Common Name: Textilis

Scientific Name: Bambusa textilis
Height: 40'
Culm Diameter: 2"
Culm Color: Blueish to green to gold
Leaf Pattern: Graceful medium green leaves
Shape: Very erect tight clumper, exposed lower culms
Plant Uses: Privacy hedge, ornamental
Culm Uses: Handicraft, flutes and furniture
Shoots: Edible
Grow Conditions: Hardy, especially salt, drought, and cold tolerant
Wind Tolerance: Excellent
Origin: China
Defining features: Sometimes called blue bamboo for the powdery blue cast to the mature culms, striking in the landscape and a great windbreak species
Price/Availability: $45 for 2 gallon container
$75 for 5 gallon container



Common Name: Sacred Bali

Scientific Name: Schizostachyum brachycladum
Height: 40'
Culm Diameter: 3"
Culm Color: Bright buttery yellow
Leaf Pattern: Broad dark green leaves fanning out
Shape: Erect and vertical
Plant Uses: Ornamental, collector's favorite
Culm Uses: Thin walled culms used for flutes
Shoots: Edible if starving
Grow Conditions: Delicate, can be grown in a pot
Wind Tolerance: Does not like strong wind
Origin: SE Asia
Defining features: Very dramatic, makes an excellent plant to show off in the landscape
Price/Availability: $35 for 1 gallon container
$60 for 2 gallon container
$100 for 5 gallon container



Common Name: Black Bamboo, Atro

Scientific Name: Gigantochloa atroviolacea
Height: 55'
Culm Diameter: 4"
Culm Color: Green turning dark black, occasional green striping
Leaf Pattern: Large, broad, dark green, flat hand
Shape: Tall with a slight 'V' profile
Plant Uses: Ornamental, large hedge
Culm Uses: Exceptional black timber
Shoots: Edible
Grow Conditions: Hardy, handles wind, wet, drought
Wind Tolerance: Good
Origin: Java
Defining features: Majestic plant with royal color, poles maintain their color after curing
Price/Availability: $60 for 2 gallon container
$100 for 5 gallon container



Common Name: Nastus, Sweet Shoot

Scientific Name: Nastus elatus
Height: 50-65'
Culm Diameter: 4"
Culm Color: Green
Leaf Pattern: Long, narrow, light green, hanging
Shape: Feathering overflow with a 'W' profile
Plant Uses: Best shoots available, may be eaten raw
Culm Uses: not applicable
Shoots: Exceptionally good
Grow Conditions: Fast growing and salt tolerant, requires good drainage
Wind Tolerance: The thin walled culms can blow over in the wind quite easily
Origin: New Guinea
Defining features: Raw edible shoots, weeping willow leaves, and blue florescent shoots
Price/Availability: $20 for 1 gallon container
$30 for 2 gallon container
$50 for 5 gallon container



Common Name: Old Hamii, Giant Timber, Sweet Shoot

Scientific Name: Bambusa oldhamii
Height: 50-55'
Culm Diameter: 4"
Culm Color: Green turning gold
Leaf Pattern: Dark green, broad leaf, long flat hand
Shape: Very straight and erect, tight clumper
Plant Uses: Perfect large hedge, windbreak, ornamental
Culm Uses: Good Timber
Shoots: Excellent quality and maybe eaten raw if well mulched and not allowed to see sunlight
Grow Conditions: Hardy, tolerates wind, wet, drought, and salt
Wind Tolerance: Great
Origin: Southern China
Defining features: Ideal all-around green hedge, providing good timber and great shoots
Price/Availability: $20 for 1 gallon container
$30 for 2 gallon container
$45 for 5 gallon container



Common Name: Hirose

Scientific Name: Bambusa sp. 'Hirose'
Height: 50-55'
Culm Diameter: 4"
Culm Color: Green turning gold
Leaf Pattern: Dark green, broad leaf, long flat hand
Shape: Very straight and erect, tight clumper
Plant Uses: Perfect large hedge, windbreak, ornamental
Culm Uses: Exceptional Timber
Shoots: Excellent quality and maybe eaten raw if well mulched and not allowed to see sunlight
Grow Conditions: Hardy, tolerates wind, wet, drought, and salt
Wind Tolerance: Great
Origin: Southern China
Defining features: Ideal all-around green hedge, providing exceptional timber and great shoots, Old Hamii look-alike
Price/Availability: $20 for 1 gallon container
$30 for 2 gallon container
$45 for 5 gallon container



Common Name: Lako, Timor Black

Scientific Name: Bambusa lako
Height: 50-60'
Culm Diameter: 3.5"
Culm Color: Initial green turns chocolate black with occasional green stripes
Leaf Pattern: Medium green, long, thin, hanging
Shape: Very erect and tight clumper
Plant Uses: Ornamental, large hedge
Culm Uses: Black timber, furniture
Shoots: Edible
Grow Conditions: Loves rich moist soil
Wind Tolerance: Good
Origin: Timor Islands
Defining features: Shiny chocolate brown culms with occasional green stripes; a gorgeous plant
Price/Availability: $35 for 1 gallon container
$60 for 2 gallon container
$100 for 5 gallon container



Common Name: Guadua

Scientific Name: Guadua angustafolia
Height: 85'
Culm Diameter: 6-8"
Culm Color: Green with distinctive white bands on the internodes
Leaf Pattern: Medium sized, lighter green, flat hand
Shape: Straight up, very erect, open clumper
Plant Uses: Erosion control, plantation timber
Culm Uses: Medium sized, lighter green, flat hand
Shoots: Timber, furniture making
Grow Conditions: Very hardy, handles rocky terrain, marginal soil, and excellent for erosion control
Wind Tolerance: Susceptible to blowing over in high winds
Origin: South America
Defining features: White bands on nodes (not internodes) and can be very thorny with lots of sharp lethal thorns on branches and culms; Recommended cultivar of angustafolia is lessthorniensis
Price/Availability: $30 for 2 gallon container
$40 for 5 gallon container



Common Name: Hitam

Scientific Name: Dendrocalumus asper 'Hitam'
Height: 100'
Culm Diameter: 8-11"
Culm Color: Black
Leaf Pattern: Broad, dark green, flat hand
Shape: Slight vase profile
Plant Uses: Extraordinary specimen, collectors favorite
Culm Uses: Black timber, furniture
Shoots: Edible
Grow Conditions: Hardy and vigorous and needs lots of space; this is a big plant
Wind Tolerance: Excellent
Origin: Central Java
Defining features: Rare, largest black bamboo, dramatic addition to the landscape
Price/Availability: $125 for 5 gallon container