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Genera

A

Acanthus
bear's breech
Acorus
sweet flag
Actinidia
hardy kiwi fruit; bower vine; kolomikta vine; tara vine
Adiantum
northern maidenhair fern
Agastache
Giant hyssop
Ajuga
Bugleweed
Akebia
five-leaved akebia
Allium
onion; chives
Ammophila
American beachgrass
Amphicarpaea
hog peanut
Amsonia
Arkansas blue-star; blue star; thread-leaf blue star; willow amsonia
Andropogon
big bluestem; turkey-foot
Anemone
Canada anemone
Antennaria
pussytoes
Anthoxanthum
sweet vernal grass
Apios
Indian potato; groundnut
Aquilegia
Columbine
Aralia
sarsparilla
Arctostaphylos
bearberry; kinnikinick
Arenaria
Arisaema
Aristolochia
Armeria
sea pink
Aruncus
Goatsbeard
Arundinaria
canebrake bamboo; large cane; small canebrake bamboo; southern cane; switch cane
Arundo
giant reed; Italian reed; cana brava
Asarum
Wild ginger
Asclepias
butterfly weed; swamp milkweed
Asimina
pawpaw
Aster
aster
Athyrium
lady fern
Atrichum
(moss)

B

Bambusa
bamboo
Baptisia
False indigo
Begonia
begonia
Betula
birch
Bignonia
cross vine
Boltonia
(aster-like) boltonia
Bouteloua
sideoats grama
Buchloe
buffalo grass

C

Calamagrostis
reed grass
Calla
water calla; wild calla
Callicladium
(moss)
Caltha
marsh marigold; cowslip
Campanula
bluebells of Scotland; harebell
Campsis
trumpet creeper; trumpet vine
Camptosorus
walking fern
Carex
sedge
Cassia
Senna
Ceanothus
New Jersey tea; red root;wild snowball
Celastrus
Cephalanthus
buttonbush
Cerastium
Chickweed
Ceratostigma
hardy plumbago
Cercis
eastern redbud tree
Chamaedaphne
cassandra; leatherleaf
Chamaemelum
Chamomile
Chasmanthium
northern sea oats
Cheilanthes
hairy lipfern
Chelone
Lyon's turtlehead; red turtlehead; turtle-head
Chionanthus
fringetree
Chrysanthemum
ox-eye daisy; white daisy
Chrysogonum
golden star
Chrysopsis
Golden aster
Cladonia
reindeer moss
Clethra
summersweet; sweet pepperbush
Climacium
tree moss, umbrella moss
Convallaria
lily-of-the-valley; pink-flowered lily-of-the-valley
Coptis
cankerroot; goldthread
Coreopsis
tickseed; stiff coreopsis
Cornus
Asian flowering dogwood; bunchberry; flowering dogwood; kousa dogwood; pagoda dogwood; alternate-leaved dogwood
Cymbopogon
citronella grass; lemon grass
Cyperus
umbrella sedge
Cystopteris
berry fern; brittle fern; bulbet bladder fern; fragile fern

D

Danthonia
junegrass
Decodon
water loosestrife; water willow
Delosperma
hardy ice plant
Dennstaedtia
boulder fern; hay-scented fern
Deschampsia
tufted hair grass
Dianthus
Pink
Dicentra
wild bleeding-heart
Diervilla
bush honeysuckle
Dionaea
Venus's flytrap
Dioscorea
Chinese yam; cinnamon vine; wild yam
Dryopteris
eastern wood-fern; evergreen woodfern

E

Echinacea
purple coneflower
Elaeagnus
wolfberry; silverberry
Empetrum
black crowberry
Epigaea
Mayflower; trailing arbutus
Epilobium
fireweed
Epimedium
bishop's cap
Equisetum
scouring rush
Eragrostis
love grass
Erianthus
Ravenna grass
Erigeron
Fleabane
Eriophorum
rough cotton grass
Euonymus
running strawberry bush
Eupatorium
Joe-Pye-weed; boneset; hardy ageratum; mist flower

F

Fargesia
(clump-forming bamboo); dragon's head bamboo; fountain bamboo; umbrella bamboo
Festuca
blue fescue
Fragaria
strawberry

G

Gaillardia
Blanket flower
Galium
sweet woodruff
Gaultheria
checkerberry; salal; shallon; lemon leaf; teaberry; wintergreen
Gaylussacia
black huckleberry
Gelsemium
yellow jessamine
Geranium
wild geranium
Geum
chocolate root; water avens
Gillenia
Indian physic; bowman's root
Goodyera
orchid
Gymnocarpium
oak fern
Gypsophila
clumping baby's breath

H

Halesia
Carolina silverbell tree
Hamamelis
common witch hazel
Hedyotis
bluets; Quaker ladies
Helianthus
Sunflower
Helictotrichon
blue oat grass
Hemerocallis
daylily
Herniaria
herniary
Heuchera
rock geranium
Hibanobambusa
bamboo
Hibiscus
Hierochloe
Seneca grass; holy grass; sweet grass; vanilla grass
Hypoxis
star grass
Hystrix
bottlebrush grass

I

Indocalamus
bamboo
Iris
iris; blue flag; yellow flag
Itea
Virginia willow; sweetspire; tassel-white

J

Juncus
Japanese-mat rush; soft rush

K

Kalmia
mountain laurel; calico bush; sheep laurel
Kerria
kerria

L

Lamiastrum
yellow archangel
Lamium
Dead nettle
Laportea
wood nettle
Laurentia
blue star creeper
Lavandula
lavender
Ledum
Labrador tea
Liatris
Blazing star
Lilium
Turk's-cap lily
Lindera
spicebush
Linnaea
twinflower
Liriope
creeping lilyturf
Lobelia
cardinal flower; great blue lobelia
Lonicera
honeysuckle
Ludwigia
False loosestrife
Luzula
common wood-rush
Lycopodium
ground cedar; tree club moss
Lygodium
climbing fern; Hartford fern
Lyonia
swamp andromeda
Lysimachia
loosestrife

M

Magnolia
sweet bay magnolia
Maianthemum
Canada mayflower
Manfreda
false aloe
Marshallia
large-flowered Barbara's button
Matteuccia
American ostrich fern; ostrich fern
Meehania
Meehan's mint; creeping mint
Melissa
lemon balm
Mentha
Corsican mint; applemint; horsemint; peppermint; spearmint
Mertensia
Bluebells; lungwort
Mimulus
Alleghany monkeyflower
Miscanthus
silver grass; maiden grass; variegated eulalia; maiden grass
Mitchella
partridgeberry
Monarda
Oswego tea; bee balm; dotted mint; horsemint; wild bergamot
Morus
mulberry
Muhlenbergia
purple hairgrass
Musa
hardy banana

N

Nepeta
catmint
Nymphaea
fragrant water lily

O

Oenothera
showy evening primrose
Onoclea
sensitive fern
Ophiopogon
dwarf lillyturf; mondo grass
Opuntia
prickly pear; Indian fig; chain-link cactus; cholla
Origanum
marjoram; oregano
Osmunda
cinnamon fern; interrupted fern; royal fern

P

Pachysandra
Alleghany pachysandra; Japanese pachysandra
Panicum
switch-grass
Parthenium
wild quinine
Parthenocissus
Virginia creeper; woodbine
Passiflora
passionflower; Maypop; apricot vine
Paxistima
cliff green; mountain lover
Peltandra
arrow-arum; tuckahoe
Pennisetum
Chinese pennisetum
Penstemon
St. Joseph's wand; pine-leaved penstemon
Petasites
fuki; giant fuki; giant sweet coltsfoot; sweet coltsfoot
Phalaris
ribbon grass
Philadelphus
mock orange
Phlox
phlox; flowering moss; ground pink; wild sweet William
Phragmites
variegated common reed grass
Phyllostachys
bamboo
Physostegia
obedient plant
Pleioblastus
bamboo
Podophyllum
Mayapple; wild lemon
Polemonium
Greek valerian; Jacob's ladder; bluebell
Polygonatum
hairy Solomon's-seal
Polygonum
knotweed
Polypodium
polypody
Polystichum
Christmas fern
Polytrichum
(soft haircap moss); common haircap moss
Poncirus
hardy orange; trifoliate orange
Pontederia
pickerel weed
Potentilla
bush cinquefoil; golden cinquefoil; shrubby cinquefoil; three-toothed cinquefoil
Prunus
wild plum; wild cherry
Pseudosasa
bamboo
Psidium
Cattley guava; purple strawberry guava
Pycnanthemum
mountain mint
Pyrola
shinleaf; wild lily-of-the-valley

R

Rhododendron
rosebay rhododendron; great laurel; white swamp azalea
Rosa
Virginia rose
Rubus
purple flowering raspberry
Rudbeckia
coneflower
Ruellia
wild petunia

S

Sagina
Corsican moss
Salvia
lyre-leafed sage; pineapple sage
Sambucus
sweet elderberry
Sasa
bamboo
Sasaella
bamboo
Sassafras
sassafras
Saururus
lizard's tail
Saxifraga
strawberry begonia
Schizachyrium
bunchgrass; little bluestem
Scirpus
bulrush
Sedum
(sedum); (trailing sedum); October plant; Siebold stonecrop; golden moss; wall pepper; wild stonecrop; worm grass; yellow stonecrop
Semiarundinaria
bamboo
Sempervivum
cobweb houseleek; common houseleek; hens-and-chickens
Senecio
golden groundsel
Shibataea
bamboo
Silene
Silphium
cup plant
Sisyrinchium
pointed blue-eyed grass
Solidago
goldenrod
Sorghastrum
Indian grass
Spartina
variegated prairie cordgrass
Sphagnum
sphagnum moss
Spigelia
Indian pink
Spiraea
meadowsweet
Sporobolus
prairie dropseed
Stachys
Betony; hedge nettle; woundwort
Stokesia
Stokes' aster
Stylophorum
celandine poppy; wood poppy
Styrax
Japanese snowbell tree
Symphytum
comfrey

T

Tanacetum
common tansy; golden buttons
Thalia
water canna
Thelypteris
New York fern; long beech fern; marsh fern; narrow beech fern; northern beech fern
Thuidium
feather moss
Thymus
bear's breech
Tiarella
Wherry's foamflower; foamflower
Tradescantia
hairy spiderwort
Trillium
yellow trillium', 'yellow toadshade'
Tripsacum
eastern gama grass
Typha
cat-tail

U

Urtica
stinging nettle
Uvularia
sessile bellwort; wild oats

V

Vaccinium
cranberry; early sweet blueberry
Verbena
Simpler's joy; blue vervain; rose verbena
Veronica
Speedwell; brooklime
Veronicastrum
culver's root
Vetiveria
khas-khas; khus-khus; vetiver
Viburnum
black haw; highbush cranberry; maple-leaved viburnum; nannyberry; northern arrow-wood; sheepberry; wild raisin; withe-rod viburnum
Vinca
periwinkle
Viola
violet

W

Waldsteinia
barren strawberry; waldsteinia
Woodwardia

Y

Yucca
bear grass, Adam's needle; needle palm, Adam's needle

Z

Zizania
wild rice
Zizia
golden alexanders

Catalog as of January 02, 2016

Phyllostachys

(Gramineae - grass family)
Bamboo. About 30 species of tall to very tall, evergreen, woody-stemmed grasses. Native to temperate east Asia and the Himalayas. This genus contains the largest, and many of the most useful, of the temperate zone bamboos. Phyllostachys species are mostly aggressive spreaders. The shoots are edible, but vary in quality depending on species. (The shoots of some species develop an acrid flavor when exposed to light. In the case of these species, the shoots can be harvested as soon as they emerge from the ground, soil or mulch can be mounded up around the shoots to prevent them from being exposed to light. Shoots can also be boiled in one or more changes of water to remove acrid flavor.) The culms (canes) of all species are useful for a wide variety of purposes; their size, strength, and durability vary considerably, however, among the different species. Phyllostachys species usually prefer full sun, and tend to be intolerant of heavy shade. They typically have graceful, willowy foliage. Culms of most species are upright within groves, and depending on the species and selection may remain upright or may arch outwards at the edge of groves. Species descriptions in many cases include notes on edibility of shoots, quality of wood, and growth habit of the culms. The maximum heights and culm diameters listed are typical for the species, but in some cases species can exceed these typical sizes. Where available, we have also included the maximum reported size. We now have available 3-5' and larger sizes for some species. The prices listed here are for plants with a single culm. In the 3-5' and larger sizes, multiple culm plants are usually available also; please inquire. Sizes over 3' tall are not always available during the period from January to May, but are usually available at other times. 7'-9' and larger sizes are not shippable by UPS. If you order a larger size plant and it is not available, we will substitute the next smaller size of that species available and refund the difference, unless you specify otherwise. Phyllostachys species in the up to 1-1/2' and 1-1/2 - 3' sizes are normally shipped in 6" pots. Larger sizes are normally shipped as burlapped plants. For some areas, pot size may be reduced for shipping. Quantity rates and wholesale rates are available for some species - please inquire.

Phyllostachys angusta - Oct 25 Phyllostachys angusta - Oct 10 Phyllostachys bissetii - Aug 22 Phyllostachys bissetii - Nov 23 Phyllostachys bissetii - Nov 23 Phyllostachys bissetii - Nov 24 Phyllostachys bissetii - Jan 16
angusta max ht 22' • max culm dia 1¼" • min temp -3°F

stone bamboo; sah chu


container, edible, hedge - screen, sun - part shade
China

Culms are quite straight and upright. Good for hedges. Produces very hard, strong wood which is used in China to make fine furniture. Shoots are notably free of acrid flavor, even when raw. One of the best species for edible shoot production.

up to 1½' tall, cat # 8R2B1 $24.95 each.
1½'-3' tall, cat # 8R2B2 $35.95 each.
3'-5' tall, cat # 8R2B3 $46.95 each.
5'-7' tall, cat # 8R3B4 $57.95 each.





arcana max ht 27' • max culm dia 1¼" • min temp -8°F

lao zhu; shi lu zhu


edible, hedge - screen, sun - part shade
China

A relatively slow spreader with heavy foliage; well suited for use as a hedge or screen. Culms are mostly quite straight and upright, and thin-walled with little taper. Culms split easily and are well suited for use in basketry and weaving, but are not particularly strong. Has shown good winter hardiness in our tests here.

up to 1½' tall, cat # 8R2J1 $28.95 each.
1½'-3' tall, cat # 8R2J2 $39.95 each.



aurea albovariegata max ht 27' • max culm dia 1¾" • min temp 0°F?

fishpole bamboo; golden bamboo; hotei-chiku


hedge - screen, sun - part shade

The species is one of the most commonly cultivated bamboos in the U.S. Culms are green when young, becoming yellow, and stiffly upright. When mature, the wood is very hard and strong. A distinctive ornamental feature of Phyllostachys aurea is the presence near the base of some of the culms of one or more very short and irregularly swollen internodes. This form albovariegata differs from the species only in having occasional white stripes on the leaves.

up to 1½' tall, cat # 8R2D1 $25.95 each.
1½'-3' tall, cat # 8R2D2 $36.95 each.



aurea flavescens inversa max ht 27' • max culm dia 1¾" • min temp 0°F?

fishpole bamboo; golden bamboo; hotei-chiku


hedge - screen, sun - part shade

This form flavescens inversa differs from the species only in having yellow grooves on green culms. Shoots are considered to be of good quality for eating.

up to 1½' tall, cat # 8R2G1 $25.95 each.
1½'-3' tall, cat # 8R2G2 $36.95 each.



Phyllostachys aureosulcata - Aug 22 Phyllostachys aureosulcata - Sep 9 Phyllostachys aureosulcata - Oct 3 Phyllostachys aureosulcata - Dec 13 Phyllostachys aureosulcata - Dec 13 Phyllostachys aureosulcata - Dec 18 Phyllostachys aureosulcata - Jan 16 Phyllostachys aureosulcata - Jun 11 Phyllostachys aureosulcata - Jun 11 Phyllostachys aureosulcata - Jun 11 Phyllostachys aureosulcata
aureosulcata max ht 45' • max culm dia 2 1/5" • min temp -10° F

yellowgroove bamboo


edible, container, hedge - screen, sun - part shade
China

One of the more cold-hardy bamboo species, it is widely grown in the U.S. Culms are strongly upright, with dense foliage. A good species for hedges or screens. Young culms are green with yellow grooves. Shoots are notably free of acrid flavor, even when raw; one of the best species for edible shoot production. Wood is not of high quality, as compared with other species, and is less durable than that of some species when used outdoors (but the culms are straight and sturdy and quite suitable for many uses). About 20% of the culms have a distinct (and sometimes very pronounced) crook near the base. This feature, which is descriptively referred to as genuflection (meaning "bending of the knee") adds to the ornamental appeal of the species. Has been reported to grow as large as 40' tall with 2-1/4" diameter culms in the U.S. An aggressive spreader. Note: Sizes over 3' tall are not always available during the period from January to May, but are usually available at other times. 7'-9' and larger sizes are not shippable by UPS. Quantity rates and wholesale rates available on request.

up to 1½' tall, cat # 8R2N1 $24.95 each.
1½'-3' tall, cat # 8R2N2 $35.95 each.
3'-5' tall, cat # 8R2N3 $46.95 each.
5'-7' tall, cat # 8R2N4 $57.95 each.
7'-9' tall, cat # 8R2N5 $68.95 each.
9'-11' tall, cat # 8R2N6 $79.95 each.
11'-13' tall, cat # 8R2N7 $90.95 each.








aureosulcata 'Aureocaulis' max ht 26' • max culm dia 1½" • min temp -10° F

golden yellowgroove bamboo


edible, container, hedge - screen, sun - part shade
China

China Similar to P. aureosulcata, the culms are entirely yellow except for a few vertical green stripes. The new shoots emerge yellow with vertical green stripes beneath the node and touched with red on the sun side of the culm.

up to 1½' tall, cat # 8R2P1 $34.95 each.
1½'-3' tall, cat # 8R2P2 $45.95 each.



aureosulcata 'Spectabilis' max ht 26' • max culm dia 1½" • min temp -10° F

green groove bamboo

Phyllostachys aureosulcata spectabilis - Sep 10 Phyllostachys aureosulcata spectabilis - Sep 10


edible, container, hedge - screen, sun - part shade
China

Similar to Phyllostachys aureosulcata in most respects, but the culms of this distinctly ornamental bamboo are golden yellow with a green groove, and the leaves are sometimes variegated with white stripes. Green groove bamboo's combination of strikingly distinctive coloration, size, and cold hardiness place it high on the list of large, showy bamboos suitable for cold climates. Note: sizes over 3' tall are not always available during the period from January to May, but are usually available at other times. 7'-9' and larger sizes are not shippable by UPS.

up to 1½' tall, cat # 8R2R1 $28.95 each.
1½'-3' tall, cat # 8R2R2 $39.95 each.
3'-5' tall, cat # 8R2R3 $50.95 each.
5'-7' tall, cat # 8R2R4 $61.95 each.
7'-9' tall, cat # 8R2R5 $72.95 each.






bambusoides max ht 72' • max culm dia 5" • min temp 0°F

madake; Japanese timber bamboo


screen, sun - part shade
China The most economically important bamboo species in

Japan. Grown for its large, straight, thick-walled culms and edible shoots. Produces a grove with widely spaced culms. A valuable producer of edible shoots; they are slightly acrid when raw.

up to 1½' tall, cat # 8R2S1 $27.95 each.
1½'-3' tall, cat # 8R2S2 $38.95 each.



bambusoides 'Castillon Inversa' max ht 35' • max culm dia 2" • min temp 5°F

Japanese timber bamboo


edible, hedge - screen, sun - part shade
China

Distinguished from P. bambusoides by its much smaller stature, and by the yellow grooves on the green culms. Cultivated largely for its ornamental appeal, but the high-quality wood is well suited for many purposes also.

up to 1½' tall, cat # 8R2V1 $27.95 each.
1½'-3' tall, cat # 8R2V2 $38.95 each.
3'-5' tall, cat # 8R2V3 $49.95 each.




Phyllostachys bissetii - Aug 22 Phyllostachys bissetii - Nov 23 Phyllostachys bissetii - Nov 23 Phyllostachys bissetii - Nov 24 Phyllostachys bissetii - Jan 16
bissetii max ht 40' • max culm dia 2" • min temp -10°F

David Bissett bamboo


edible, container, hedge - screen, sun - part shade
China

A vigorous spreader, and quite cold hardy. Upright culms and very dense foliage make this a particularly good species for use as a hedge, screen, or windbreak. Quite tolerant of shade, for a Phyllostachys species. Wood is considered relatively strong; shoots are edible and of good quality. Reported to grow nearly twice as large as the listed size in the southeastern U.S., although it may be a different form of this species which does so. Note: Sizes over 3' tall are not always available during the period from January to May, but are usually available at other times. 7'-9' and larger sizes are not shippable by UPS. Quantity rates and wholesale rates available on request.

up to 1½' tall, cat # 8R3B1 $24.95 each.
1½'-3' tall, cat # 8R3B2 $35.95 each.
3'-5' tall, cat # 8R3B3 $46.95 each.
5'-7' tall, cat # 8R3B4 $57.95 each.
7'-9' tall, cat # 8R3B5 $68.95 each.
9'-11' tall, cat # 8R3B6 $79.95 each.







bissetii (dwarf form) max ht 18' • max culm dia 1" • min temp -15°F

dwarf David Bissett bamboo

Phyllostachys bissetii (dwarf form) - Nov 24 Phyllostachys bissetii (dwarf form) - Nov 24


container, hedge - screen, sun - part shade
China

Much like the species, above, except in size. Also, the culms sometimes develop a distinctive white, waxy coating. This selection has proven to be one of the most cold hardy bamboo species we have tested here. After being exposed to a temperature of -16° F, the leaves were killed, but the wood and many of the buds survived, so the culms leafed out, at least partially, in spring. Well suited for use as a hedge or screen. Note: Sizes over 3' tall are not always available during the period from January to May, but are usually available at other times. 7'-9' and larger sizes are not shippable by UPS. Quantity rates and wholesale rates available on request.

up to 1½' tall, cat # 8R3C1 $24.95 each.
1½'-3' tall, cat # 8R3C2 $35.95 each.
3'-5' tall, cat # 8R3C3 $46.95 each.
5'-7' tall, cat # 8R3C4 $57.95 each.
7'-9' tall, cat # 8R3C5 $68.95 each.
9'-11' tall, cat # 8R3C6 $79.95 each.







Phyllostachys congesta - Jul 26 Phyllostachys congesta - Nov 5 Phyllostachys congesta - Nov 5 Phyllostachys congesta - Jul 26 Phyllostachys congesta - Jul 26
congesta max ht 35' • max culm dia 2¾" • min temp -10°F

incense bamboo


edible, container, hedge - screen, sun - part shade
China

One of the most cold hardy of all bamboos. Culms are strongly tapered and stiffly upright. Spreads and increases in height quickly. May be tolerant of wet locations. Among the best species for edible shoot production, as it produces abundant shoots which are good even when raw.

up to 1½' tall, cat # 8R3E1 $28.95 each.
1½'-3' tall, cat # 8R3E2 $39.95 each.
3'-5' tall, cat # 8R3E3 $50.95 each.
5'-7' tall, cat # 8R3E4 $61.95 each.





decora max ht 30' • max culm dia 1 4/5" • min temp -10°F?

beautiful bamboo

Phyllostachys decora - Dec 13 Phyllostachys decora - Dec 13


screen, sun - part shade
China

The Chinese refer to this species as "beautiful bamboo". Strongly upright culms with dropping foliage. Culms turn orange-yellow when exposed to the sun. Capable of reaching full size quite quickly. Shoots are edible and rated good to excellent in quality. Wood is considered good in quality. Reported to grow as large as 35' tall with 1-1/2 diameter culms in the U.S. A rugged species, it is reported to be especially resistant to drought and extremes of temperature. Grows well on sandy soil. Reported to do well in the intermountain West. This species has now been through two winters in our outdoor test plantings, and has shown very good cold hardiness. In both winters, we experienced extreme lows of -8° F along with extended periods of bitterly cold, windy weather. In a location sheltered from the wind,Phyllostachys decora suffered only minor leaf injury. In a more exposed location there was more leaf injury, but essentially no injury to the wood (culms and branches).

up to 1½' tall, cat # 8R3F1 $24.95 each.
1½'-3' tall, cat # 8R3F2 $35.95 each.
3'-5' tall, cat # 8R3F3 $46.95 each.
5'-7' tall, cat # 8R3F4 $57.95 each.





dulcis max ht 40' • max culm dia 2¾" • min temp 0°F

sweetshoot bamboo


edible, hedge - screen, sun - part shade
China

A large, outstandingly ornamental species. The relatively thick, strongly tapered culms arch gracefully towards the light. Reaches its mature size in as little as 7 to 8 years, which is faster than most hardy bamboos. Best known for its delicious shoots, considered to be among the very best bamboo shoots for eating. According to plant explorer Frank N. Meyer, as quoted by Daphne Lewis in Hardy Bamboos for Shoots & Poles, sweetshoot bamboo is "the edible bamboo grown in nearly every back yard in central China". The lack of tough fibers in the culms renders the shoots especially tender for eating, but causes the culms to be of relatively little value as building material. Sends up many extra shoots which do not develop into culms; these shoots lend themselves easily to the palate.

up to 1½' tall, cat # 8R3G1 $28.95 each.
1½'-3' tall, cat # 8R3G2 $39.95 each.



flexuosa max ht 31 • max culm dia 2¾" • min temp -8°F

(bamboo)

Phyllostachys flexuosa - Nov 5 Phyllostachys flexuosa - Nov 5


edible, screen, sun - part shade
China

This fast-growing and relatively cold-hardy species is named for the slight zig-zag growth habit shown by some of the culms (some are straight). Culms bear dense foliage, but the species forms a relatively open grove with the outer culms tending to lean toward the light. The shoots are considered to be of excellent quality for eating. The wood is considered to be of medium quality, and may be used for a variety of purposes including weaving into baskets and other articles. Tolerant of wind, and of sandy or saline soil, and pH up to 8.2.

up to 1½' tall, cat # 8R3J1 $28.95 each.
1½'-3' tall, cat # 8R3J2 $39.95 each.
3'-5' tall, cat # 8R3J3 $50.95 each.




makinoi max ht 60 • max culm dia 3" • min temp 0°F

Makino bamboo; kei-chiku; gui zhu


edible, hedge - screen, sun - part shade
China

The tall, dark green, stiffly upright culms of this species are thick-walled and strong; the wood is of excellent quality. Used for building construction, scaffolding, paper production, furniture making, and other purposes; excellent for weaving. Young culms are covered with bluish powder which adds a nice ornamental touch. Young shoots are edible.

up to 1½' tall, cat # 8R3S1 $28.95 each.
1½'-3' tall, cat # 8R3S2 $39.95 each.



meyeri max ht 33' • max culm dia 2" • min temp 0°F

Meyer bamboo


container, hedge - screen, sun - part shade
cent China

Develops a very dense grove, with strongly upright, closely spaced culms. Excellent hedge or screen. Culms are fast- growing, smooth, and shiny. Some culms show a crook, referred to as "genuflection", near the base (see description of Phyllostachys aureosulcata). Wood is considered to be of the highest quality, exceptionally strong and suited to a wide variety of uses. Shoots are described as being free of acrid taste and delicious, among the best in quality.

up to 1½' tall, cat # 8R3V1 $24.95 each.
1½'-3' tall, cat # 8R3V2 $35.95 each.



nidularia 'Smoothsheath' max ht 33' • max culm dia 1½" • min temp -10°F(?)

(bamboo)

Phyllostachys nidularia 'Smoothsheath' - Dec 13 Phyllostachys nidularia 'Smoothsheath' - Dec 13


edible, container, hedge - screen, sun - part shade
China

Culms are strongly upright, and sometimes sinuous, arching at the tips from the weight of the foliage. Culms have very prominent nodes (joints). Wood is described as being strong and useful. Shoots are of excellent quality for eating; considered one of the best species for edible shoot production. In China this species reportedly provides the earliest spring shoots available in the markets. This cultivar has now been through two winters in our outdoor test plantings, and has shown very good cold hardiness. In both winters, we experienced extreme lows of -8° F along with extended periods of bitterly cold, windy weather. In a location sheltered from the wind, Phyllostachys nidularia 'Smoothsheath' suffered only minor leaf injury.

up to 1½' tall, cat # 8R3Z1 $24.95 each.
1½'-3' tall, cat # 8R3Z2 $35.95 each.



Phyllostachys nigra - Oct 29 Phyllostachys nigra - Oct 29 Phyllostachys nigra - Dec 13 Phyllostachys nigra - Dec 6 Phyllostachys nigra - Dec 6 Phyllostachys nigra - Dec 6 Phyllostachys nigra - Dec 7 Phyllostachys nigra
nigra max ht 30' • max culm dia 2" • min temp 0°F

black bamboo; kuro-chiku


container, edible, hedge - screen, sun - part shade
China

Strikingly ornamental and very popular, with the abundant green foliage contrasting with the black culms. Culms are green at first, gradually turning black. Black coloration develops best when culms are exposed to the sun. Forms a small, open grove; not particularly invasive. Does not seem to attain its maximum size in areas with very mild winters. Culms tend to arch gracefully, and may lie down when weighted by rain or other forms of precipitation. Culm are thin walled; wood is hard and tough. The wood is used for a number of purposes, including furniture and musical instuments, and decorative uses such as panels and inlays. Shoots are described as being acrid when raw, delicious cooked. Somewhat shade tolerant, and may prefer a bit of shade when grown in hot climates (but should have plenty of light for best development). Tolerates clay soil. Appreciates a steady moisture supply. Shows leaf burn when grown in alkaline soil. Has been reported to grow as large as 60' tall and 3-1/4" in diameter in the U.S.

up to 1½' tall, cat # 8R4C1 $28.95 each.
1½'-3' tall, cat # 8R4C2 $39.95 each.
3'-5' tall, cat # 8R4C3 $50.95 each.
5-7' tall, cat # 8R4C4 $61.95 each.





nigra 'Bory' max ht 50' • max culm dia 3" • min temp 0°F

snakeskin bamboo

Phyllostachys nigra 'Bory' - Jan 2 Bamboo located SW of big greenhouse


container, screen, sun - part shade
China

Distinguished from Phyllostachys nigra in (usually) growing considerably larger, and because the black color on the culms occurs in splotches, never completely covering the culms. Wood is hard, tough, and of high quality; well suited for weaving and many other purposes. Strips split from the culms are very tough and pliable. Shoots are described as being slightly acrid when raw, but excellent when cooked, and fragrant while cooking.

up to 1½' tall, cat # 8R4D1 $28.95 each.
1½'-3' tall, cat # 8R4D2 $39.95 each.



Phyllostachys nigra 'Hale' - Dec 13 Phyllostachys nigra 'Hale' - Dec 13 Phyllostachys nigra 'Hale' - Aug 17 Phyllostachys nigra 'Hale' - Aug 17
nigra 'Hale' max ht 20' • max culm dia 1½" • min temp -5°F

'Hale' black bamboo


container, screen, sun - part shade
China

Smaller than Phyllostachys nigra, more cold hardy, and develops its black coloration faster. Outstandingly ornamental, it is a gem among bamboos.

up to 1½' tall, cat # 8R4G1 $39.95 each.
1½'-3' tall, cat # 8R4G2 $50.95 each.
3'-5' tall, cat # 8R4G3 $61.95 each.
5'-7' tall, cat # 8R4G4 $72.95 each.





nigra 'Henon' max ht 65' • max culm dia 4½" • min temp 0°F

(bamboo)


container, screen, sun - part shade
China

Distinguished from Phyllostachys nigra in growing larger. Also, culms tend to remain green, but will become yellow if exposed to the sun; mature culms develop a gray coating. Very graceful; said to be among the most beautiful of bamboos. Culms are thin walled, but wood is very tough and strong. Strips split from the culms are very tough and pliable. Tests have shown the mature culms to be especially strong and durable for construction purposes. Considered to be one of the best large timber bamboo species for cultivation in the continental U.S. Shoots are described as being slightly acrid when raw, but excellent cooked, and fragrant while cooking. Relatively late to send up shoots in spring, allowing it to escape most spring frosts. Drought tolerant, once established, and also tolerant of clay soil.

up to 1½' tall, cat # 8R4E1 $26.95 each.
1½'-3' tall, cat # 8R4E2 $37.95 each.



Phyllostachys nuda - Jan 2 Phyllostachys nuda - Jan 2 Phyllostachys nuda - Jun 13 Phyllostachys nuda - Jun 13
nuda max ht 34' • max culm dia 1¾" • min temp -10°F

(bamboo)


screen, sun - part shade
China

One of the more cold-hardy bamboo species; reputed to be outstandingly cold hardy, but needs protection from cold winds. Shoots are considered to be exceptionally good for eating, among the very best of the Phyllostachys species in quality. The wood is not of high quality, as compared with that of other species, but the culms are straight and useful for many purposes.

up to 1½' tall, cat # 8R4I1 $28.95 each.
1½'-3' tall, cat # 8R4I2 $39.95 each.



purpurata 'Straightstem' max ht 33' • max culm dia 1½" • min temp -5°F

water bamboo

Phyllostachys purpurata 'Straightstem' - Oct 25


container, screen, part shade - sun
China

A vigorous and relatively cold hardy species. Culms are notably stiff, straight, and upright. Makes an excellent dense, upright hedge. The strong, flexible culms are useful for a variety of purposes. May be tolerant of wet soil (but plant in well-drained soil and allow it to spread into the wet area on its own). Grows excep- tionally well in containers.

up to 1½' tall, cat # 8R4M1 $24.95 each.
1½'-3' tall, cat # 8R4M2 $35.95 each.
3'-5' tall, cat # 8R4M3 $46.95 each.




rubromarginata max ht 55' • max culm dia 2¾" • min temp -5°F

(bamboo)

Phyllostachys rubromarginata - Oct 25 Phyllostachys rubromarginata - Oct 10


edible, container, hedge - screen, sun
China

One of the best species for combining cold hardiness with large size, it is also relatively tolerant of cold, dry winds. Culms are strongly upright and nearly straight. Cultivated in China for its edible shoots, which have only a slight acrid flavor even when raw. A particularly prolific producer of shoots, this species begins shooting relatively late and can continue to produce shoots throughout the summer if the moisture supply is steady. Culms are thin-walled, strong, and nearly circular in cross section. Tests have shown this species to produce outstandingly high yields of poles and pulpwood. Nodal ridges ("joints") are narrow and only slightly elevated, the least prominent of any Phyllostachys species. Culms are well suited for splitting into strips for weaving.

up to 1½' tall, cat # 8R4O1 $24.95 each.
1½'-3' tall, cat # 8R4O2 $35.95 each.
3'-5' tall, cat # 8R4O3 $46.95 each.




species max ht 25'? • max culm dia 2"? • min temp -15°F?

(bamboo)

Phyllostachys species - Aug 6 Phyllostachys species - Aug 6


container, hedge - screen, sun - part shade

This is an unidentified species, propagated from a grove, reported to be about 25' tall, in a mid-zone 5 area of Missouri. The culms of this selection have reportedly withstood temperatures near -20° F without being killed back. Our test planting is not yet large enough to allow us to draw any conclusions about its cold hardiness. As our plants develop we will attempt to identify the species, and we will continue to observe and report on its cold hardiness.

up to 1½' tall, cat # 8R2T1 $24.95 each.
1½'-3' tall, cat # 8R2T2 $35.95 each.
3'-5' tall, cat # 8R2T3 $46.95 each.




stimulosa max ht 25' • max culm dia 1" • min temp 0°F?

(bamboo)


hedge - screen, sun - part shade

This species is a relatively recent introduction into the U.S., and a fairly new addition to our collection. Has grown well here so far, and shows great vigor. Reputed to be quite cold hardy, but our planting has not been in place long enough to confirm this (the 0° F rating is probably conservative).

up to 1½' tall, cat # 8R4P1 $24.95 each.
1½'-3' tall, cat # 8R4P2 $35.95 each.
3'-5' tall, cat # 8R4P3 $46.95 each.




viridiglaucescens max ht 35' • max culm dia 2" • min temp -3°F

(bamboo)

Phyllostachys viridiglaucescens - Jul 2


edible, hedge - screen, sun - part shade
China

Vigorous and fast-growing, with very straight, upright culms and lush foliage. Produces good edible shoots and hard wood of excellent quality. Leaves are shiny green above and blue-green on the lower surface. Prefers a fairly light soil; tolerant of sandy soil.

up to 1½' tall, cat # 8R4R1 $29.95 each.
1½'-3' tall, cat # 8R4R2 $40.95 each.



vivax max ht 35' • max culm dia 2" • min temp -5°F

vivier's bamboo

Vivax, new shoots


edible, hedge - screen, sun - part shade
China

Among the most vigorous and cold tolerant of the giant hardy bamboos, this species is relatively quick to reach mature size. The thin walled, slightly zig-zag culms are favored for weaving. The shoots are of excellent quality for eating. A particularly handsome species, its masses of large, drooping leaves give it a tropical appearance.

up to 1½' tall, cat # 8R4W1 $34.95 each.
1½'-3' tall, cat # 8R4W2 $45.95 each.