Victoria Bamboo Sales
Selecting the Right Bamboo

Selecting the right bamboo can be challenging as there are hundreds of species, and most have strange Latin names (very few bamboo have common names). Victoria Bamboo has simplified things by offering about 25 different bamboo species and cultivars which will meet all requirements (although we can provide other species). From 70 foot timber bamboo to the smallest two foot groundcover bamboos, clumping, running, shade tolerant to sun loving, we can recommend and provide the right bamboo for your landscape needs.

The following chart shows bamboo cultivars from largest to smallest, how quickly they tend to spread, and best sun exposure:

full sun = Full Sun half sun = Afternoon shade or filtered light
Shade = No direct sunlight, filtered light, moderate or deep shade

Running Bamboo Height Spread Sun Features
Phyllostachys vivax 30-50’ v. fast full sun Fastest growing green caned bamboo. Tall screen & specimen
Phyllostachys vivax ‘Aureocaulis’ 30-50’ v. fast full sun Fastest growing gold caned bamboo. Tall screen & specimen
Phyllostachys bambusoides 30-50’ slow full sun Big, slow growing, green canes. Tall screen & specimen
Phyllostachys dulcis 25-40' medium full sun Edible, very tasty shoots. Thick deep green canes. Tall screens and groves. Restful meditative effect.
Phyllostachys atrovaginata 30-35’ fast full sun Thick green canes. Medium/tall screens or groves
Phyllostachys nigra ´Black´ 20-35’ medium full sun Black canes. Initially slow spreading. Needs light and warmth
Phyllostachys bambusoides ‘Allgold’ 20-35’ slow full sun Big, but slow to spread. Striking gold canes. Specimen
Phyllostachys bambusoides ‘Castillonis’ 20-35’ slow full sun Big, but slow to spread. Gold w green stripe. Specimen
Semiarundinaria fastuosa ‘Viridis’ 20-32’ fast full sun Fast growing, very vertical, salt and wind tolerant. Hedges
Phyllostachys aureosulcata 20-30’ fast full sun Fast growing, green with gold stripe. Groves and hedges
Phyllostachys aureosulcata ‘Spectablis’ 20-26’ fast full sun Fast growing, gold with green stripe. Specimen, groves, hedges
Phyllostachys aureosulcata ‘Aureocaulis’ 20-26’ fast full sun Fast growing, gold culms. Specimen, groves, hedges
Phyllostachys bissetii 18-25' fast full sun Fast growing, deep green, good winter colour. Groves and hedges
Phyllostachys aurea 15-25' medium full sun Green, turning to light yellow. Specimen, groves, hedges
Phyllostachys aurea ‘Holochrysa’ 15-20' slow full sun Butter yellow. Compressed internodes. Specimen, hedges
Phyllostachys aurea ‘Koi’ 13-20' slow full sun Yellow with green stripe. Compressed internodes. Specimen, hedges
Chimonobambusa tumidissinoda 10-20' v. fast half sun Extremely invasive, erosion control. Specimen and groves
Hibanobambusa tranquillans ‘Shiroshima’ 8-15' fast half sun Foliage green with cream stripes. Shrub, grove, specimen
Sasa veitchii 5' fast Shade Vigorous in shady, moist areas. Groundcover, erosion control, container.
Pleioblastus shibuyanus ‘Tsuboi’ 4-9' v. fast half sun Leaves have white variegation. Shrub, mass planting
Pleioblastus viridistriatus 3-5' medium half sun Spreads evenly, slowly & steadily. Groundcover, low shrub
Pleioblastus fortunei 2-4' slow/med half sun Usually spreads evenly & slowly. Bright white striped groundcover
Sasaella masamuneana 'Albostriata' 2-4' medium half sun Attractive gold striped folliage. Tall ground cover, small shrub, containers.
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Clumping Bamboo Height Spread   Features
Chusquea gigantea 20-35' slow full sun Fast growing vertically but slow to spread. Specimen, groves
Chusquea culeou 15-20' slow full sun Medium/fast vertical growth. Specimen, groves
Fargesia robusta 13-18' slow half sun Medium growth rate. Specimen, screen
Fargesia scabrida 12-17' slow half sun Upright, elegant, deep green foloage. Specimen, screen, hedge.

Fargesia denudata

10-15' v. slow half sun Medium growth rate. Specimen, screen
Fargesia nitida 9-12' v. slow half sun Medium growth rate. Specimen, screen
Fargesia dracocephala 'rufa' 8' v. slow half sun Vigorous, tough. Attractive orange canes. Small specimen, screen, hedge, container                 
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