This section lists the tropical bamboo plant varieties we have in production. They
are all tropical, or sub-tropical, clumping bamboos and are generally not
cold-hardy like the temperate, running bamboos. Some, the sub-tropicals, can
tolerate freezing temperatures for short periods. Check the minimum
temperatures listed on each species description as a guideline for which
species can grow unprotected in your area.
Use our Search Bamboo page to find something specific.
Tight clumping, no low branching. Beautiful whitish bloom combined with irregular culm stripes combine to present an eye-catching appearance. Makes a stunning garden focal point.
The smallest and most frost-tolerant Dendrocalamus available.
Will grow to 35' with 3" dia. culms. Min. temp 24°F. Min USDA zone: 9b. Click to find your zone.
A medium-sized feature bamboo from southern China where it grows at altitudes between 1500'-4500'. Fairly tight clumping with symetrical overall form. Culm sheaths are initially orange-brown, presenting a beautiful contrast.
Grows to about 35' tall. Minimum temp. about 28 degrees F.
Synonym: Dendrocalamus farinosus Click to find your zone.
Imported April/2011 into USDA quarantine - released to us in 2012.
Distributed from Western to Southern Yunnan, China, growing mostly in valleys along rivers. Named river bamboo or wild bamboo, by local Chinese people. Trailing habit - Shoots excessively collected in the wild because of their ;od quality.
Imported from Yunnan, China in 2012 and released to us by the USDA in early 2013.
We are currently test-growing in our fields. It should be available in limited quantities by the end of 2013.
Mature size in South Florida is currently unknown. We will monitor and update the data as our field test subject develops Click to find your zone.
Very new to our nursery. We are currently test-growing - so far, our field specimen is developing nicely. It is described as an ornamental bamboo in the Chinese Compendium of Bamboo, smaller than most of the species in this genus. Should grow to about 30' tall with 2" diameter culms. Min USDA zone: 9b. Click to find your zone.
Grows in the south and southwest and western region of Yunnan, China in the valley zone at elevations of 1500~3000'.
As the species name implies, the culms of this bamboo is not normally self-supported and they're usually leaning on trees and branches.
Grows to about 25' tall, with long internodes (typical of a scandent bamboo)
Used for paper-making and light construction. The shoots taste delicious and tender and can be processed for food. New import..
Cold-hardiness is unknown but it will likely not survive in freezing temperatures for more than a couple of hours. Click to find your zone.
From northern Thailand. Used for construction, furniture, edible shoots, and for an ornamental garden landscape feature.
Imported April/2011 into USDA quarantine.
Will grow to 55' tall, 4" diameter culms in Florida, and is reported to be hardy to 27 degrees F. Min USDA zone: 9b. Click to find your zone.
A rare timber bamboo species in the United States. The limited stock is currently flowering and a few have produced large, viable seeds after hand-pollinating. These seeds were directly collected from the positively identified species, not from eBay or other unreliable seed source. They were germinated and the seedlings are vigorous. We won't know for a couple of years if these seedlings will develop the typical features of the species (especially the large culms that age to a burnt reddish color). Edible shoots and good quality construction timber. Min USDA zone: 9b. Click to find your zone.
Described as the largest bamboo in the world (largest culm diameter). The species is most know for its almost grotesque, tortured-looking culms. The culms grow in a contorted, curving form that resemble an elephant's trunk. As the bamboo matures, each new shoot will emerge larger and develop into a twisting freak show that we all hope for. Translated (Chinese) stories and info about the Dai People's "King of all Bamboos" can be found by following this link:
Min USDA zone: 9b. Click to find your zone.
Re-imported from Xishuangbanna, Nov/2012 into USDA quarantine. Finally, in March/2015, the species was released to us from USDA quarantine (the 2013 US government shutdown is largely to blame for the release delay). Availability is, of course, extremely limited. We have about ten 3 gallon plants ready for sale for 2017.
The single released specimen is now happily growing in our nursery field. It should be exciting to watch this species develop!
This sub-species differs from the original form in that its lower internodes are straight, not slanted, zig-zag, or curved. There are no tortured-looking culms. The overall mature dimensions are the same as the original form and, because the culms are entirely straight, this form is high in demand in Yunnan (China) for construction material.
Described as the largest bamboo in the world (largest culm diameter). Min USDA zone: 9b. Click to find your zone.
Re-imported April/2012 into USDA quarantine - released to us in July/2013. New stock will be available in the summer of 2017.
Min USDA zone: 9b. Click to find your zone.
Jim Parker's giant bamboo in Hawaii. Huge and legendary. Species identity is in question. Very rare in the continental U.S.A., now being propagated at our nursery. Claims of 10” diameter, 120' tall culms in Kohala, Hawaii are exaggerated. This is, however, an extremely large-growing timber bamboo and massive 7" diameter 80' culms would not be unusual. Min USDA zone: 9b. Click to find your zone.
Dendrocalamus strictus - Calcutta Bamboo or Male Bamboo
The lower parts of the culms are sometimes solid. Drought tolerant. The most common and most useful bamboo in India. Many cultivars being distributed as this species (somewhere in the world) seems to always be in flower, and producing seed. The cultivar listed here was grown from seed collected in 1995 (India - Londoño/Lucas). It has developed into a highly-ornamental cultivar with small slender leaves and a willowy overall appearance. A pleasant surprise from a species that originated with minimal expectations. Grows up to 40' tall with 2.5" diameter culms in Florida. Minimum temp. 30 degrees F. Min USDA zone: 9b. Click to find your zone.
A very large, bamboo from the foothills of the Himalayas in Tibet and Yunnan, where it grows at altitude of up to 5000 feet. The culms can reach a height of 75' tall and a diameter of 7". The leaves have a length of up to 18". One of the most cold-hardy species of the genus Dendrocalamus.
Min USDA zone: 9b? Click to find your zone.
***2012 import by Tropical Bamboo Nursery - currently in USDA quarantine. To be released for test-growth at our nursery by mid-2013. Surviving, much less thriving, at sea level may prove to be difficult for this species. If it performs well, we should have it available for sale by the end of 2016 ***
New import from southern China. This bamboo is featured with a beautiful photo in the book, 'A Compendium of Chinese Bamboo'
Grows erect culms with pendulous tips. We're currently test-growing and will post photos and a detailed description by the end of 2014.
Tall, erect culms. Convex joint with internode slightly contracted inward.
Will grow to at least 45' tall with 4" diameter culms in South Florida.
Minimum temp. is unknown. No problems at 31 degrees F. Min USDA zone: 9b? Click to find your zone.
A massive bamboo species that resembles Dendrocalamus giganteus. Used for construction and for its edible shoots.
New import. This bamboo is extremely rare and we should have limited propagules available by late 2016.
From SW Yunnan, China, in the Xishuangbanna region (near Lijiang). We have only one test-specimen but expect that it will grow well in similar conditions as D.giganteus thrives in (South Florida).