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Clumper/Runner
ArundinariaGenus of small to medium size hardy running bamboos, with numerous branches at each node and persistent culm sheaths. New shoots in spring. Native to the US only. All other species should be moved to different genera.
Arundinaria
gigantea
RIVER CANE 20.00 1.00 -10 5 Native to the U.S. Once grew from Georgia and Texas to Maryland and Ohio.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
BambusaGenus of tropical and subtropical clumping bamboos, usually giant, with numerous branches at a node, one or three much larger than the rest. New shoots appear in late summer or fall in their native areas.
Bambusa
multiplex
'Riviereorum'
CHINESE GODDESS 6.00 0.30 18 5 Has solid culms and tiny leaves; similar to 'Fernleaf' but smaller, more delicate looking.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
BrachystachyumGenus similar to Semiarundinaria having one species, one variety.
Brachystachyum
densiflorum
  20.00 1.00 0 3 Young culms hairy; leaves up to 7 inches long and an inch wide. Used for fishing rods and crafts. May be misidentified.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
HibanobambusaA running genus from Japan once thought to be a natural bigeneric hybrid between Sasa veitchii and Phyllostachys nigra 'Henon', but with little evidence to support that idea.
Hibanobambusa
tranquillans
'Shiroshima'
  16.00 1.30 3 4 This form has strikingly attractive leaves variegated in cream and green. The colors persist throughout the year.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
IndocalamusSmall, running bamboos from China with large, broad leaves; similar to Sasa but with non-prominent culm nodes.
Indocalamus
latifolius
  10.00 0.50 0 3 Similar to I. tessellatus, leaves about a foot long.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Indocalamus
sp.
'Solidus'
  8.00 0.40 -5 3 Culms solid, leaves only 8 to 10 inches long. Species not known.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Indocalamus
tessellatus
Big Leaf 7.00 0.50 -10 4 Usually less than 4 feet tall, it can reach 10ft and has the largest leaves of any bamboo in cultivation, up to 26 inches by 5 inches. Adapts easily to growing in pots. Does well in shade or sun.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
PhyllostachysMedium to giant runners which have a distinct groove above pairs of unequal branches at mid-culm nodes. They shoot in spring.
Phyllostachys
angusta
STONE BAMBOO 22.00 1.30 -2 5 Called Stone Bamboo because of the hard texture of its culms which in China are used to make fine bamboo furniture.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
atrovaginata
INCENSE BAMBOO 35.00 2.80 -5 5 The shoots are among those having the least bite when raw. These plants were formerly listed as P. congesta. Phyllostachys congesta Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
aurea
GOLDEN, FISHPOLE BAMBOO 27.00 1.80 5 5 The most commonly cultivated bamboo in the U.S., easily identified by one to several short internodes at the base of some of its culms. It is most invasive in areas with warm summers. Culm may grow to 3 inches diameter in favorable conditions.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
aurea
'Holochrysa'
GOLDEN GOLDEN 27.00 1.80 5 5 Unlike the typical form whose culms stay green until old, these culms soon turn yellow, then golden orange.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
aurea
'Koi'
  27.00 1.80 5 5 The culms turn from green to yellow after the first 6 months, but the culm grooves remain green.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
aureosulcata
Yellow Groove 45.00 2.20 -5 5 The culms are more slender and delicate than golden bamboo; young culms are green with a yellow groove. Culm internodes distinctly rough to the touch when young, and an occasional culm has a zigzag kink.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
aureosulcata
'Alata'
  30.00 2.00 -5 5 Similar to the above, but with a green groove. Culms grow larger and are often markedly zigzag. Probably synonymous with P. aureosulcata 'Pekinensis'.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
aureosulcata
'Spectabilis'
Green groove 26.00 1.50 -5 5 The culms are yellow with a green groove, just opposite of the typical form. Smaller in hottest areas.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
bissetii
  40.00 2.00 -10 5 A vigorously growing species whose culms are somewhat darker green than 'golden bamboo'. It is one of the first species of the genus to shoot in the spring.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
dulcis
Sweetshoot bamboo 40.00 3.20 0 5 Arching culms. Named because its shoots are particularly free of any acrid taste.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
elegans
  32.00 2.30 5 5 The species is highly regarded for its shoots. In spring it is one of the first species of the genus to shoot.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
glauca
  34.00 2.00 0 5 Named for blue-white powder that completely covers young culms. In China, grows as large as P. bambusoides.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
glauca
'Notso'
  34.00 2.00 -2 5 Similar to the species, except young culms do not have the blue glaucous color. May take lower temperatures.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
heteroclada
WATER BAMBOO 33.00 1.50 -11 5 Larger, more erect, and less zigzag than P. h. 'Purpurata'. Phyllostachys purpurata 'Straightstem' Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
heteroclada
'Purpurata'
  18.00 0.80 5 5 The slender, zigzag culms often bend to the ground under the weight of rain or in a strong wind. Air channels in rhizomes permit growth in wet locations. Phyllostachys purpurata Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
heteroclada
'Solidstem'
  24.00 1.30 -5 5 Similar to the species except that culms are solid below. Phyllostachys purpurata 'Solidstem' Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
humilis
  20.00 1.00 3 5 One of the smallest members of the genus, it is widely cultivated in Japan. Culms darken with age.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
makinoi
  60.00 3.00 0 5 Whitish green culms are covered with a bluish powder.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
mannii
'Decora'
  30.00 1.80 -5 5 From the Yangtze valley and adjacent areas of China. In China, it is called the Beautiful Bamboo. One of the best performers under stress of desert heat, cold, and drought in Nevada. Now considered to be conspecific with P. mannii 'mannii'. Phyllostachys decora Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
nidularia
  33.00 1.50 5 5 Distinctive, very prominent culm nodes. The shoots are exceptionally free of acrid taste.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
nidularia
'Farcta'
  33.00 1.50 5 5 The culms are solid or nearly so.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
nidularia
'Smoothsheath'
  33.00 1.50 0 5 Same as species, except it lacks the shaggy hairs on the culm leaf sheaths and sheath scars found on the typical form.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
nigra
Black bamboo 30.00 2.00 5 5 Culms turn jet black after the first 6 months to one year. Popular because of its graceful habit and the sharp accent of its culm color. Said to grow larger in northern climates. It is not clear whether there is significant difference between some of the cultivars   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
nigra
'Bory'
Snakeskin 50.00 3.00 0 5 Differs from P. nigra by growing larger. Culms blotched with black, never completely black.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
nigra
'Henon'
  65.00 3.50 0 5 Culms totally green, usually much larger than Black bamboo.Distinctive culms are rough to the touch and whitish green.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
nigra
'Megurochiku'
  54.00 3.50 3 5 Green, similar to 'Henon' but the culm grooves are brown or purplish-black.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
nigra
'Punctata'
  60.00 4.00 5 5 A large form. Culms are spotted in the first year, purplish in the second, and black the third.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
nuda
  34.00 1.80 -10 5 Reputed to be the hardiest species of the genus. New culms are dark green and powdery.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
platyglossa
  26.00 1.50 0 5 Mature culms have long internodes. Grown for its shoots in China. Timber inferior.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
propinqua
'Beijing'
  U U -10 U Shoots are gray, leaves larger. Reported to take temperatures down to -15F, grows faster than the type.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
rubromarginata
  55.00 2.80 -5 5 Noted for its good quality wood and edible shoots,it tolerates cold, dry winds. Tests in Alabama showed it to be superior in culm production and cold tolerance.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
viridis
  47.00 3.30 0 5 A large species, high quality wood, excellent shoots. Culms feel somewhat rough due to tiny indentations.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
viridis
'Robert Young'
  40.00 3.00 5 5 The culms and branches soon turn from sulfur green to old gold. Longitudinal green stripes of variable width mark many internodes.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
vivax
Vivax 70.00 5.00 5 5 Resembles P. bambusoides except that the culms have thinner walls and a white powdery band beneath each node at sheath-fall. Gray-green when mature.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
PleioblastusGenus of small and medium size running bamboos with persistent culm leaves. Most are native to Japan, were formerly classified in Arundinaria.
Pleioblastus
argenteostriatus
  3.00 0.30 10 2 The green leaves, which are more or less striped with white or yellow, are hairless on both surfaces.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Pleioblastus
chino
'Elegantissimus'
  10.00 0.80 10 3 Leaf blades narrow and frequently white stripes mottled with green dots. May be same as angustifolia.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Pleioblastus
juxianensis
JUXIAN BITTER B. 22.00 1.25 0 U From Zhejiang, China. Culms used for making umbrella stalk. White ring below nodes.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Pleioblastus
nagashima
  6.00 0.30 -5 4 A dwarf Japanese bamboo, usually grows no more than 2 feet tall.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Pleioblastus
oleosus
  16.00 1.30 0 5 Similar to Brachystachyum densiflorum var. villosum but with culm leaf sheath margins greenish ciliate.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Pleioblastus
simonii
MEDAKE 20.00 1.50 5 4 A medium size hardy bamboo that produces straight culms which are useful for many purposes.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Pleioblastus
viridistriatus
Dwarf Green Stripe 3.00 0.30 0 2 The new leaves in spring are golden-yellow with green stripes, about 7 by 1.5 inch, densely hairy on the lower surface. Old culms should be mowed in winter making way for brilliant new growth in spring.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
PseudosasaSmall to medium size running bamboos which usually have only one branch at a node.
Pseudosasa
amabilis
TONKIN CANE, TEA STICK 50.00 2.50 15 5 The culms are straight, thick walled, non-prominent nodes, valued for its wood. Used for split bamboo fishing poles, decorative wood trim. Native to a very small area of China. Arundinaria amabilis Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Pseudosasa
japonica
Arrow Bamboo 18.00 0.80 5 3 Erect culms with large broad leaves, up to a foot long by 1.5 inches wide. Less invasive than most other runners. It does well in tubs and pots. The culms were used in ancient japan to make arrows.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Pseudosasa
japonica
'Tsutsumiana'
Green Onion 18.00 0.80 5 3 Similar to the species except that the culm internodes tend to be swollen in shape somewhat like that of a green onion.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
SemiarundinariaMedium size running bamboos with nearly cylindrical culms and culm leaves that hang for some time attached at the middle of their base.
Semiarundinaria
fastuosa
'Viridis'
  35.00 1.50 0 5 Similar to the species except that the culms remain green, branches are a little longer, and growth is more vigorous.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
ShibataeaA genus with very dense, short, zig-zagged angular culms with 3-5 branches per node, often clipped into balls.
Shibataea
chinensis
  2.00 0.10 -5 3 Similar but smaller than S. kumasaca, it may also be hardier. Shows less leaf burn under alkaline conditions.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Shibataea
kumasaca
  7.00 0.30 -5 3 Short, broad leaves on slender, nearly solid culms with prominent nodes and short slightly zigzag internodes. Prefers acid soil, shows extensive leaf burn if in alkaline environment.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Shibataea
lancifolia
  7.00 0.30 0 3 The leaves are longer and narrower than on others of the genus.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
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