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

(Green Timber)

30-50’ v. fast full sun Fastest growing green caned bamboo. Tall screen & specimen

Phyllostachys vivax ‘Aureocaulis’

(Golden Timber)

30-50’ v. fast full sun Fastest growing gold caned bamboo. Tall screen & specimen

Phyllostachys dulcis

(Sweet Shoot)

25-40' medium full sun Edible, very tasty shoots. Thick deep green canes. Tall screens and groves. Restful meditative effect.

Phyllostachys atrovaginata

(Water Bamboo)

30-35’ fast full sun Thick green canes. Medium/tall screens or groves

Phyllostachys nigra

(Black Bamboo)

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’

(Coastal Bamboo)

20-32’ fast full sun Fast growing, very vertical, salt and wind tolerant. Hedges
Phyllostachys aureosulcata ‘Spectablis’ 20-26’ v.fast full sun Fast growing, gold with green stripe. Specimen, groves, hedges

Phyllostachys aureosulcata ‘Aureocaulis’

(Golden Crook Stem)

20-26’ v.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’ 12-20' medium full sun Butter yellow. Compressed internodes. Specimen, hedges
Phyllostachys aurea ‘Koi’ 9-13' slow full sun Beautiful small compressed culms, slow spreading. Best for balconies, decks, small spaces, specimen, hedges, groves
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' medium 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 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' v.slow full sun Fast growing vertically but slow to spread. Specimen, groves
Chusquea culeou 15-20' v.slow full sun Medium/fast vertical growth. Specimen, groves
Fargesia robusta 13-18' v.slow Shade Medium growth rate. Specimen, screen
Fargesia scabrida 12-17' v.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 ‘Jiuzhaigou’ 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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