Tall bamboo plants

Tall bamboo plants are frequently sought after by those wanting to make screens, hedges and to grow timber. In the world of bamboo, “tall” starts at around 25-30 feet and continues into the 50 foot or higher range. Many people looking for tall bamboo plants don’t realize the starting dimensions of these types of plants and are actually looking for more medium sized plants. Bamboo is typically low maintenance, but when you are growing large plants like this, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the plant care required before purchasing the bamboo.

The first thing you should know is that a lot of growers consider “tall” bamboo, to be bamboo species in the genera Phyllostachys, This genera consists of perhaps the most popular bamboo species-all of which are running. Because of this, it’s important to have a control plan, such as installing barriers. The positive side of getting a plant from the genera Phyllostachys is that there are many, many to choose from. It would be difficult to NOT find one that suited your preference and needs. Although Phyllostachys is the most popular, Bambusa also has a few species that reach the desired height and they happen to be clumping species! So, there really should be something for everyone! Bellow we’ve listed some of the most popular tall bamboo plants so you can easily determine which ones fit your needs.

Phyllostachys edulis
Common Names: Moso
Running
Maximum Height: Up to and over 70 feet
Maximum diameter: 8 inches
Zone: 7-10 (Tolerant to 0 degrees Fahrenheit).

Phyllostachys bambusoides
Common Names: Madake
Running
Maximum Height: 75 Feet
Maximum diameter: 7 inches
Zone: 7-10 (Tolerant to 5 degrees Fahrenheit).

Phyllostachys vivax
Common Names: Golden vivax
Running
Maximum Height: 70 Feet
Maximum diameter: 5 inches
Zone: 6-10 (Tolerant to -5 degrees Fahrenheit).

Phyllostachys rubromarginata
Common Names: –
Running
Maximum Height: 60 Feet
Maximum diameter: 2 inches
Zone: 6-10 (Tolerant to -5 degrees Fahrenheit).

Phyllostachys makinoi
Common Names: –
Running
Maximum Height: 60 Feet
Maximum diameter: 3 inches
Zone: 6-10 (Tolerant to -5 degrees Fahrenheit).

Phyllostachys nigra
Common Names: – Megurochiku
Running
Maximum Height: 55 Feet
Maximum diameter: 3.5 inches
Zone: 7-10 (Tolerant to 0 degrees Fahrenheit).

Phyllostachys nigra
Common Names: -Henon
Running
Maximum Height: 50 Feet
Maximum diameter: 3.5 inches
Zone: 7-10 (Tolerant to -5 degrees Fahrenheit).

Phyllostachys nigra
Common Names: -Bory
Running
Maximum Height: 50 Feet
Maximum diameter: 3 inches
Zone: 7-10 (Tolerant to -5 degrees Fahrenheit).

Phyllostachys vivax
Common Names: – Kimmei Vivax
Running
Maximum Height: >45 Feet
Maximum diameter: 5 inches
Zone: 6 (Tolerant to -5 degrees Fahrenheit).

Phyllostachys parvifolia
Common Names: –
Running
Maximum Height: >40 Feet
Maximum diameter: >3.5 inches
Zone: 6-10 (Tolerant to -5 degrees Fahrenheit).
Bambusa oldhamii
Common Names:-
Clumping
Maximum Height: >40 Feet
Maximum diameter: 2 inches
Zone: 8-11 (Tolerant to 10 degrees Fahrenheit).

Bambusa tuldoides
Common Names: Ventricosa
Clumping
Maximum Height: >40 Feet
Maximum diameter: 3 inches
Zone: 8-11 (Tolerant to 10 degrees Fahrenheit).

Phyllostachys viridis
Common Names: – Robert Young
Running
Maximum Height: 40 Feet
Maximum diameter: 3 inches
Zone: 7-10 (Tolerant to 0 degrees Fahrenheit).

Phyllostachys dulcis
Common Names: – Sweetshoot Bamboo
Running
Maximum Height: 40 Feet
Maximum diameter: 3 inches
Zone: 6-10 (Tolerant to 0 degrees Fahrenheit).

Phyllostachys atrovaginata
Common Names: – Incense Bamboo
Running
Maximum Height: 40 Feet
Maximum diameter: 2.75 inches
Zone: 5-10 (Tolerant to -15 degrees Fahrenheit).

Phyllostachys iridescens
Common Names: –
Running
Maximum Height: 40 Feet
Maximum diameter: 3.5 inches
Zone: 6-10 (Tolerant to -5 degrees Fahrenheit).

Phyllostachys bambusoides
Common Names:- Albovariegata
Running
Maximum Height: 40 Feet
Maximum diameter: 3 inches
Zone: 7-10 (Tolerant to 5 degrees Fahrenheit).

Phyllostachys nigra
Common Names: –
Running
Maximum Height: 35 Feet
Maximum diameter: 2.25 inches
Zone: 7-10 (Tolerant to 5 degrees Fahrenheit).

Phyllostachys glauca
Common Names: Yunzhu
Running
Maximum Height: 35 Feet
Maximum diameter: 2 inches
Zone: 6-10 (Tolerant to 0 degrees Fahrenheit).

Phyllostachys bambusoides
Common Names: Castillon Inversa
Running
Maximum Height: 35 Feet
Maximum diameter: 2 inches
Zone: 7-10 (Tolerant to 5 degrees Fahrenheit).

Phyllostachys nuda
Common Names: –
Running
Maximum Height: 35 Feet
Maximum diameter: 2 inches
Zone: 5-10 (Tolerant to -10 degrees Fahrenheit).

Phyllostachys bambusoides
Common Names: Castillon-
Running
Maximum Height: 35 Feet
Maximum diameter: 3 inches
Zone: 7-10 (Tolerant to 5 degrees Fahrenheit).

Phyllostachys bambusoides
Common Names: Allgold
Running
Maximum Height: 35 Feet
Maximum diameter: 2 inches
Zone: 7-10 (Tolerant to 5 degrees Fahrenheit).

Phyllostachys decora
Common Names: –
Running
Maximum Height: 35 Feet
Maximum diameter: 2.5 inches
Zone: 6-10 (Tolerant to-10 degrees Fahrenheit).

Phyllostachys nigra
Common Names: Black Bamboo
Running
Maximum Height: 35 Feet
Maximum diameter: 2.5 inches
Zone: 7-10 (Tolerant to 5 degrees Fahrenheit).

Semiarundinaria fastuosa
Common Names: Viridis
Clumping
Maximum Height: 35 Feet
Maximum diameter: 1.5 inches
Zone: 6-10 (Tolerant to -5 degrees Fahrenheit).

Phyllostachys bambusoides
Common Names: Marliac
Running
Maximum Height: >30 Feet
Maximum diameter: >2 inches
Zone: 7-10 (Tolerant to 5 degrees Fahrenheit).

Phyllostachys acuta
Common Names:-
Running
Maximum Height: 30 Feet
Maximum diameter: 3 inches
Zone: 6-10 (Tolerant to 0 degrees Fahrenheit). bamboo-308353_640