Bamboos – Overall Height

Within the NPS bamboos overall height is stated as significant in their purchase, although less significant than the root condition and the number of canes/culms/shoots which is to be expected for a plant of that size.

Bamboos can be divided into three groups:

Dwarf: e.g. Pleioblastus humilis var. pumilus (Arundinaria pumilus)
Medium: e.g. Fargesia murieliae ‘Simba’ (Arundinaria murieliae ‘Simba’)
Vigorous: e.g Fargesia murieliae (Arundinaria murieliae)

Bamboos are available either rootballed or, most commonly,  container grown.

Rootballed Bamboos

The most typical sizes are marked in bold type and larger bamboos are available.  The OVERALL HEIGHT and NO. OF BREAKS all increase in proportion.

Height in cm
Dwarf Medium Vigorous
15-20 30-40 60-80
20-30 40-60 80-100
30-40 60-80 100-125
40-60 80-100 125-150
60-80 100-125 150-175
125-150
150-175

Container grown Bamboos

The following are the typical height or spread grades used for the supply of container grown bamboos. The actual grade is determined by the cultural conditions of the plant and the characteristics of the species/cv.

The most typical sizes are marked in bold type. Larger bamboos are available. The OVERALL HEIGHT, SIZE OF CONTAINER and NO. OF BREAKS all increase in proportion.

Height in cm
Dwarf Medium Vigorous
15-20 30-40 40-60
20-30 60-80
80-100
100-125
125-150
150-175