Tripple Brook Farm


Common Names: B

Phyllostachys flexuosa
Phyllostachys nidularia 'Smoothsheath'
Phyllostachys nigra 'Henon'
Phyllostachys nuda
Phyllostachys rubromarginata
Phyllostachys species
Phyllostachys stimulosa
Phyllostachys viridiglaucescens
Pleioblastus chino vaginatus variegatus
Pleioblastus distichus 'Okinozasa'
Pleioblastus humilis
Semiarundinaria okuboi
Indocalamus latifolius 'Solidus'
Indocalamus longiauritus
Pleioblastus kongosanensis aureostriatus
Sasa oshidensis
Sasa senanensis
Sasa tsuboiana
Sasaella species #1
bamboo, 'Alphonse Karr' hedge
Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr'
bamboo, 'Hale' black
Phyllostachys nigra 'Hale'
bamboo, arrow
Pseudosasa japonica
bamboo, beautiful
Phyllostachys decora
bamboo, black
Phyllostachys nigra
bamboo, canebrake
Arundinaria gigantea
bamboo, clump-forming
Fargesia robusta
bamboo, clump-forming
Fargesia rufa
bamboo, David Bissett
Phyllostachys bissetii
bamboo, dwarf David Bissett
Phyllostachys bissetii (dwarf form)
bamboo, dwarf fernleaf
Pleioblastus distichus 'Mini'
bamboo, dwarf whitestripe
Pleioblastus variegatus
bamboo, golden yellowgroove
Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Aureocaulis'
bamboo, green groove
Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Spectabilis'
bamboo, green onion
Pseudosasa japonica tsutsumiana
bamboo, incense
Phyllostachys congesta
bamboo, Japanese palm tree
Semiarundinaria fastuosa viridis
bamboo, Japanese timber
Phyllostachys bambusoides
bamboo, large-leaved
Indocalamus tessellatus
bamboo, Meyer
Phyllostachys meyeri
bamboo, Narihara
Semiarundinaria fastuosa viridis
bamboo, small canebrake
Arundinaria gigantea tecta
bamboo, snakeskin
Phyllostachys nigra 'Bory'
bamboo, stone
Phyllostachys angusta
bamboo, tall variegated
Hibanobambusa tranquillans 'Shiroshima'
bamboo, vivier's
Phyllostachys vivax
bamboo, water
Phyllostachys purpurata 'Straightstem'
bamboo, yellowgroove
Phyllostachys aureosulcata
banana, hardy
Musa basjoo
Barbara's button, large-flowered
Marshallia grandiflora
beachgrass, American
Ammophila breviligulata
bear's breech
Acanthus spinosissimus
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
bee balm
Monarda didyma
bee balm
Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline'
begonia, hardy
Begonia grandis
begonia, white-flowered hardy
Begonia grandis 'Alba'
bellwort, sessile
Uvularia sessilifolia
birch, black
Betula lenta
birch, cherry
Betula lenta
birch, sweet
Betula lenta
bishop's cap
Epimedium grandiflorum
black crowberry
Empetrum nigrum 'Compass Harbor'
black haw
Viburnum prunifolium
black-eyed Susan
Rudbeckia hirta
blanket flower
Gaillardia aristata
blazing star, rough
Liatris aspera
blazing star, tiny-headed
Liatris microcephala
bleeding-heart, wild
Dicentra eximia
blue star
Amsonia tabernaemontana
blue star creeper
Laurentia fluviatilis
blue-eyed grass, pointed
Sisyrinchium angustifolium
Polemonium reptans
bluebells of Scotland; harebell
Campanula rotundifolia
blueberry, early sweet
Vaccinium angustifolium laevifolium
bluestem, big
Andropogon gerardii
bluestem, little
Schizachyrium scoparium
Hedyotis caerulea
boltonia, aster-like
Boltonia asteroides
Eupatorium perfoliatum
bowman's root
Gillenia trifoliata
Cornus canadensis
Schizachyrium scoparium
bush cinquefoil
Potentilla fruticosa 'Goldstar'
bush cinquefoil
Potentilla fruticosa 'Pink Beauty'
butterfly weed
Asclepias tuberosa
Cephalanthus occidentalis

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Catalog as of January 02, 2016


(Gramineae - grass family)
Bamboo. Grasses with perennial, woody stems and, almost always, evergreen leaves.

Arundinaria gigantea TBF selection - Jul 24 Arundinaria gigantea TBF selection - Jul 24 Arundinaria gigantea TBF selection - Nov 23 Arundinaria gigantea TBF selection - Nov 24
gigantea max ht 20' • max culm dia 1" • min temp -10°F

canebrake bamboo; large cane; southern cane

edible, native, hedge - screen, wildlife, sun
se US

The only bamboo species native to the United States. The young shoots of this species are of good quality for eating, and the culms are sturdy and useful for stakes and other purposes. Rugged, cold-hardy, and adaptable, it is useful as a hedge, screen, or windbreak plant. The plants also furnish excellent cover for birds and other wildlife, and food for browsing animals.

The groves, or "canebrakes" (from the word "brake", meaning "thicket") of this species once covered vast areas of fertile river bottom land in the pre-colonial U.S. A single river valley grove could be 2 or 3 miles wide and 100 miles long. In pre-colonial times, herds of bison would swim across the Mississippi River in winter, when food was scarce on the prairies, to feed in the huge, lush canebrakes of Kentucky and Tennessee. The American Indians also made extensive use of canebrake bamboo, for a variety of purposes. Since they occupied fertile land and were easy to clear, most of the canebrakes were converted to farmland by the early settlers. Only relatively small remnants of these canebrakes exist today.

One of the first bamboos we acquired, this species has been in the ground here since about 1975. It has been relatively slow to develop and spread. The tallest culms currently are about 18' tall. It has been the most cold hardy of the large bamboos which we have tested in the ground here. The leaves are usually killed at about -10° F to -12° F. The canes, however, have withstood -16° F with only minor injury, and leafed out fully in spring. At -19° F, some culms were injured or killed but some survived with little injury. Small plants may not be as cold- hardy; the cold hardiness of our planting has improved with age. Relatively slow and difficult to propagate.

Our grove of Arundinaria gigantea has been flowering and setting seed for about the past 3 years. So far, the vigor of the grove does not appear to have been affected. For this or other bamboo species which are in flower, it is helpful to maintain good levels of nutrients (especially nitrogen) in the soil to encourage vegetative growth and discourage flowering. Use fertilizers in moderation, however, as too much can be more harmful than too little.

It is interesting to note that during the year 2000, at least, cardinals were regular, conspicuous visitors to our canebrake bamboo grove throughout the growing season, and quite late into the fall. Almost certainly they were there to feed on the nutritious seeds, which are about the size of a grain of wheat. Cardinals and canebrake bamboo are both natives of the Southeast, and suffice it to say they go back a long way together. Neither was originally present in Massachusetts; both are naturalized residents here. As cardinals are non-migratory, it has likely been a long time since the local cardinal population or any of their ancestors have encountered canebrake bamboo seeds. Yet when our canebrake bamboo began to produce seeds, the cardinals quickly recognized them as food. It may be that other birds have been feeding on the seeds also, but if so we haven't particularly noticed them.

Sizes over 3' tall are not always available during the months of January to May, but are usually available at other times. 5'-7' and larger sizes are not shippable by UPS. Quantity rates and wholesale rates available on request.

up to 1½' tall, cat # 8H4J1 $25.95 each.
1½'-3' tall, cat # 8H4J2 $36.95 each.
3'-5' tall, cat # 8H4J3 $47.95 each.
5'-7' tall, cat # 8H4J4 $58.95 each.
7'-9' tall, cat # 8H4J5 $69.95 each.
9'-11' tall, cat # 8H4J6 $80.95 each.

gigantea tecta max ht 6' • max culm dia ½" • min temp -10°F

switch cane; small canebrake bamboo

edible, native, hedge - screen, moist - wet, wildlife, sun - part shade
se US

Like large cane, switch cane's young shoots are edible, and the seeds, when produced, are very attractive to wildlife. It is said that switch cane stands will produce seeds about every 3 or 4 years, whereas 40 or 50 years may elapse between flowering episodes of large cane. Switch cane is most obviously distinguished from large cane by its smaller stature. Switch cane also differs from large cane in being tolerant of poorly drained soil, and probably in having greater shade tolerance. Switch cane can form an attractive ground cover about 2' tall in forest understory conditions. Switch cane furnishes valuable wildlife food and habitat, and its dense root system and tolerance of wet soil makes it especially useful for controlling erosion along streams.

cat # 8H4M
$23.95 each