Facts and Diversity

Member of the Grass Family

Used throughout the world for food, shelter, furniture, crafts, musical instruments

Produces sustainable crop in 5-10 years

Over 1,200 species in the world

Over 200 species hardy to Zone 6

Roughly 100 species will grow in Zone 5

Types

Tropical and Temperate

Running and Clumping

Our favorite reasons for growing bamboo

Drought tolerant

Deer resistant

Cold and heat tolerant

Variety of sizes

Great house plant

Looks cool

Genera - Name Dropping

US Native

Arundinaria

Canebreak

Giant Bamboo

Bambusa

Hedge Bamboo

America’s Own

Chusquea

Mountain Clumpers

Fargesia

Umbrella Bamboo

Unpronounceable

Hibanobambusa

Indocalamus

Timber Bamboo

Phyllostachys

Black Bamboo

Shorter Ones

Pleioblastus

Dwarf Fernleaf

Sasa

Palm Leaf Bamboo

Sasaella

Shibataea

Ruscus Leaf Bamboo

Culture

Seasons of Bamboo

Shooting

Leaving out

Rhizome spread

Conditions

Full shade to hot sun

Wet to dry

Irrigation

Fertilizer

Mulch

Containment

Cold weather/Drought

Bodies of water

Roads/Concrete

Mowing/Edging

Underground barriers

Stock tanks

Knowledge

Bamboo as a Potted Plant or Bonsai

Light conditions

Size of bamboo

Size of container

Water sensitivity

Bamboo and your pond

Call 479-253-7466 for more information on any of the new introductions reviewed in this article.

Bear Creek Nursery

“ Along with a selection of new annuals, perennials, herbs and grasses, the Bear offers many native trees and shrubs as well as a number of aquatic plants to enhance the pond. Landscape materials and a comprehensive selection of glazed & terra cotta pots round out the products available at your friendly neighborhood garden center. Sound advice is always available from the well informed staff, who will be happy to help you find just the right plant to compliment your garden. Landscape services are available year round.”