Bambusa bamboo is a large genus of clumping bamboos, typically considered non-invasive.
Most species of Bambusa are rather large, with numerous branches emerging from the nodes, and one or two much larger than the rest. The branches can be as long as 11 m (35 ft). They are native to Southeast Asia, China, Taiwan, the Himalayas, New Guinea, Melanesia, and the Northern Territory of Australia. They are also reportedly naturalized in other regions, e.g. Africa, Latin America, and various oceanic islands. Wikipedia lists over 150 species of Bambusa bamboo, however, many of those have subspecies as well, such as Bumbusa textilis, Bmabusa multiplex, and many more. Therefore, the true count of Bambusa bamboo species is much much higher.
If you’re looking for a bamboo that makes an excellent hedge row to block the view of an unsightly neighbor’s yard, a bamboo that does well in containers, or simply a beautiful landscape specimen than a Bambusa bamboo is definitely the bamboo for you.
I currently have the following Bambusa bamboo growing in my collection in Northeast Florida.
Bambusa chungii barbellata – Blue Barbie Bamboo
Bambusa dissimulator – Dragon’s Nest Bamboo
Bambusa emeiensis viridiflavus – Yin Yang Bamboo
Bambusa lako – Black Timor Bamboo
Bambusa oldhamii – Oldham’s Bamboo
Bambusa pervariabilis ‘Viridistriata’ – Sunburst Bamboo
Bambusa textilis gracilis – Graceful Bamboo
Bambusa textilis mutabilis – Emerald Bamboo
Bambusa ventricosa kimmei – Striped Buddha Belly Bamboo
Bambusa vulgaris – Common Bamboo