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Clumping Bamboo

Clumping bamboos are NOT invasive. They send out very short underground stems very near the mother plant and growing them is similar to growing any other shrub or plant of similar size. They will NOT send out underground rhizomes that sprout all over your yard or your neighbors. Some clumping bamboos look like traditional upright bamboos with straight upright growth; others have arching stems and softer growth. It is important to look at pictures of mature bamboo of the variety you are interested in as many clumping bamboos appear soft and grasslike in the container but develop upright canes after planting. Hardiness recommendations are estimates and should be used as suggestions only. Actual hardiness will vary and are on the conservative side based on lowest recorded temperatures. 
Clumping Bamboos that will grow in the Sacramento Valley and Low Foothills: 
Bambusa oldhamii-Giant Timber Bamboo, Oldham's Bamboo This is one of the two bamboos that is growing in our parking lot. This is the huge bamboo that is growing in a neat controlled clump. A second grove of Oldham's Timber Bamboo is growing in our Koi Garden. This grove was planted about 5 years ago so visitors can get an idea of how fast a clumping bamboo can become established. Very tropical looking with 4" diameter culms and upright growth. To 55' tall. Half hardy to 21 degrees; this bamboo grows well in the Sacramento Valley and low Foothill areas such as Auburn where citrus can be grown. Takes full sun or light shade. Faye likes clumping bamboos and this is her favorite.
Clumping Bamboos that will grow in the Sacramento Valley and Low to Mid-Foothills in Sun or Light Shade
Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr' Alphonse Karr Bamboo A well mannered clumping bamboo to 25' tall. 1 1/2" culms are bright yellow with green verical striping. New stalks and shoots are an attactive pinkish color. A striking bamboo. Half hardy to 18 degrees; this bamboo can be grown in the Sacramento Valley and low Foothill areas such as Auburn. This is one of Laurie's favorite clumping bamboos. A good basic bamboo that fits into most landscapes.  
Bambusa multiplex 'Rivieroreum' Chinese Goddess Bamboo Very small bamboo to 6' or less with arching culms and soft, ferny, delicate foliage. Half hardy to 18 degrees; this bamboo grows well in the Sacramento Valley and low Foothill areas such as Auburn. Takes full sun well but we love how it looks when grown in light shade or filtered light as the color is a richer green and the leaves are wider and more fern-like. Adaptable to just about any amount of light.
 
Clumping Bamboos that will grow at higher elevations

Bergobambos tesselata -Bergbambos This unusual clumping bamboo originates from South Africa.Upright growth to 16' with 1' culms. Frost can cause leaf tips to brown but this bamboo is actually hardy to 0 degrees and is hardy in all Foothill locations including Grass Valley and Nevada City. Takes either sun or shade. Good clumping bamboo for this region; if you're ever driving through Redding, stop by the McConnell Arboretum to see mature plantings of this clumping bamboo. Rare, but we currently have a few in stock. A striking plant in the right location. Looks better in the ground than in a pot. 


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