Bamboo Species

All non-invasive clumpers

These bamboo plants are very fast-growing, and in healthy conditions, these mostly double in size each year in the shooting season (culm height and diameter) until full-size (mostly 3-5 years)

Plant spacing for screening, should be approximately the same distance apart as the space you have available/the width you would like them to grow if your space is narrow/limited. Otherwise in normal circumstances 0.5 – 1m apart for small – medium size type, and 1.5 – 3m apart for B. oldhamii.

To order/enquire, please email Charlie at – bambooplantsnz@gmail.com or phone/text 027 7755225

Bambusa textilis var. gracilis - Slender weavers / Graceful Bamboo

Also known as Slender Weavers. Very beautiful, fantastic for privacy screening, new canes have blue powdering, easily able to trimmed, and can be crammed into very narrow spaces.

  • min temp – -7 c
  • origin – China
  • full height – 6-8m
  • culm diameter -3cm
  • good general clump width – 1m+
  • reduced clump width – 30-40cm
  • mid-size subtropical clumper
  • typically plant 0.5-1m apart
  • prefers moist, well-drained, fertile soil.

Graceful habit, small leaves, makes a great mid-height screen. Good straight slender canes for garden stakes, very thin-walled, makes excellent flexible splits.

price - $74+GST each, PB8 size (1m+ tall) - AVAILABLE NOW - $152+GST each, PB28 (2m+ tall) - AVAILABLE NOW-

price - $43+GST each, PB8 size (1m tall) - AVAILABLE APRIL $130+GST each, PB28 size (2m tall) - AVAILABLE APRIL

Bambusa multiplex 'Golden Goddess' - Hedge Bamboo

A cultivar of Bambusa multiplex, commonly named ‘Hedge Bamboo’, this species is typically very bushy and low branching. This species is also very hardy and tough at handling the elements and various extremes, for example, one of the best bamboo for swampy – drought conditions.

  • min temp – -12c
  • origin – China
  • full height – 3-4m 
  • culm diameter – 1m
  • reduced clump width – 20-40cm
  • small subtropical clumper
  • typically plant 0.5-1m apart
  • prefers moist, well-drained, fertile soil

This bamboo is generally an all-green bamboo, despite the name. Canes exposed to a lot of direct sun will turn gold, but most – all of the green bamboos do that.

Small leaves, green canes turn gold in full sun, makes a great low screen, and can be trimmed easily.

Bambusa oldhamii - Giant Timber Bamboo

A very useful all-round bamboo with fantastic straight strong poles and edibles shoots.

  • min temp – -6 c
  • origin – southern China
  • full height – 10-15m
  • culm diameter – 5-10cm
  • good general clump width – 2-3m
  • reduced clump width – 1.5-2m
  • the most popular and toughest giant tropical clumper in NZ
  • typically plant 1.5-3m apart

Very straight and tall, bold dark green leaves, short branches. Excellent tall and fast screen or windbreak.

price - $60+GST each, PB8 size (0.5 - 1m tall) - AVAILABLE APRIL 2025

price - $40+GST each, PB8 size (0.5 - 1m tall) - AVAILABLE NOW

Fargesia nitida - Fountain Bamboo

Seems it can easily be kept narrow and upright or let to become a big arching fountain-like clump. Great for low screening or as an ornamental.

  • min temp – -20c or lower
  • origin – Alpine conifer forest in China
  • full height – 2-4m
  • culm diameter – 1cm
  • small mountain clumper
  • prefers moist, well-drained, fertile soil.

Beautiful small bamboo, the world’s most cold tolerant bamboo, would be best for partial shade. 

Appears to be slow in the Auckland area, not as fast-growing as the ‘Golden Goddess’. Best for protected spots and partial shade.

All non-invasive clumpers

To order / enquire, email Charlie at – bambooplantsnz@gmail.com

This page was last updated  –  in January 2023

These bamboo plants are very fast-growing, and in healthy conditions, these mostly double in size each year in the shooting season (culm height and diameter) until full-size (mostly 3 – 5 years).

Plant spacing for screening, should be approximately the same distance apart as the space you have available/the width you would like them to grow if your space is narrow/limited. Otherwise in normal circumstances 0.5 – 1m apart for small – medium size types, and 1.5 – 3m apart for B. oldhamii.

 

Bambusa multiplex ‘Golden Goddess’ – Hedge Bamboo

price – $44 + GST each, PB8 size (1m tall) – AVAILABLE NOW
$65 + GST each, PB8 size (1.5m tall) – OUT OF STOCK
$130 + GST each, PB28 size (2m tall) – OUT OF STOCK

  • min temp –  -12 c
  • origin – China
  • full height – 3 – 4m
  • culm diameter – 1cm
  • good general clump width – 1m
  • reduced clump width – 20 – 40cm
  • small subtropical clumper
    A cultivar of Bambusa multiplex, commonly named ‘Hedge Bamboo’, this species is typically very bushy and low branching. This species is also very hardy and tough at handling the elements and various extremes, for example, one of the best bamboos for swampy – drought conditions.

     

    Typically plant 0.5 – 1m apart.

    This bamboo is generally an all-green bamboo, despite the name. Canes exposed to a lot of direct sun will turn gold, but most – all of the green bamboos do that.
    small leaves, green canes turn gold in full sun, makes a great low screen, and can be trimmed easily.
    prefers moist, well-drained, fertile soil.

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Bambusa oldhamii – Giant Timber Bamboo

price – $60 + GST each, PB8 size – AVAILABLE NOVEMBER

  • min temp –  -6 c
  • origin – southern China
  • height of current plants – 0.5 – 1m
  • full height – 10 – 15m
  • culm diameter – 5-10cm
  • good general clump width – 2 – 3m
  • reduced clump width – 1.5 – 2m
  • the most popular and toughest giant tropical clumper in NZ

Very straight and tall, bold dark green leaves, short branches. excellent tall, fast screen & windbreak, plant 1.5 – 3m apart.

A very useful all-round bamboo with fantastic straight strong poles & edible shoots.
prefers moist, well-drained, fertile soil.

 

Bambusa textilis var. gracilis – Slender Weavers /  Graceful Bamboo

price – $74 + GST each, PB8 size (1m+ tall) – AVAILABLE NOW
$153 + GST each, PB28 size (2m tall) – OUT OF STOCK

  • min temp – -7 c
  • origin – China
  • full height – 6 – 8m
  • culm diameter – 3cm
  • good general clump width – 1m+
  • reduced clump width – 30 – 40cm
  • mid-size subtropical clumper

Also known as Slender Weavers.
Very beautiful, fantastic for privacy screening, new canes have blue powdering, easily able to trimmed, and can be crammed into very narrow spaces.

Typically plant 0.5 – 1m apart.

Graceful habit, small leaves, makes a great mid-height screen. good straight slender canes for garden stakes, very thin-walled, makes excellent flexible splits.
prefers moist, well-drained, fertile soil.

 

 

Dendrocalamus Latiflorus – Giant Bamboo

price – $215 + GST each, PB28 size –  OUT OF STOCK

  • min temp –  -4 c
  • origin – southern China
  • height of current plants – 0.5 – 1m
  • full height – 15 – 25m
  • culm diameter – 10 – 20cm
  • good general clump width – 3 – 6m +
  • reduced clump width – 2 – 3m
  • giant tropical clumper, the largest giant bamboo in NZ.
    Absolutely spectacular, huge long leaves, makes excellent specimen plantings and groves.

     

    Very large, superior structural poles & edible shoots.

    Loves the best conditions and lots of space, the huge leaves are delicate and shred easily in extreme winds, in exposed locations.
    Prefers moist, well-drained, fertile soil.

 

Drepanostachyum falcatum – Himalayan Weeping / Fairy Bamboo

price – PB8 size – OUT OF STOCK

  • min temp –  -7 c
  • origin – Himalayas
  • height of current plants – 1m
  • full height – 3 – 4m
  • culm diameter – 1cm
  • previously wrongly named Bambusa gracilis. Also known as Fairy Bamboo.
    small mountain clumper.

     

    fine feathery, light green foliage with long arching canes, ideal for low screening, excellent ornamental. Best for protected spots and partial shade.
    Prefers moist, well-drained, fertile soil.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – This species is due to flower and set seed shortly (next few or so years), which means plants should end up dying afterwards, new seedlings could possibly come up after that. Such a beautiful species, but goes through this flowering cycle every 15 years.

 

 

Fargesia Nitida – Fountain Bamboo

price – $40 + GST each, PB8 size (0.5 – 1m tall) – AVAILABLE NOW

  • min temp –  -20 c or lower
  • origin – Alpine conifer forests in China
  • height of current plants – 1m
  • full height – 2 – 4m
  • culm diameter – 1cm
  • small mountain clumper.
    Beautiful small bamboo, the world’s most cold tolerant bamboo, would be best for partial shade.

     

    Seems it can easily be kept narrow and upright or left to become a big arching fountain-like clump. Great for low screening or as an ornamental.

    Appears to be slow in the Auckland area, not as fast-growing as the ‘Golden Goddess’.
    Best for protected spots and partial shade. Prefers moist, well-drained, fertile soil.

 

 

All prices exclude GST