Bamboo Nursery Austin
If you are in or around Austin and looking for a bamboo nursery, then we invite you to take a look at the offerings from Palmco. We offer breathtaking tropical and subtropical bamboo to customers across the Southeastern United States.
Palmco has been proudly growing the highest quality selection of field grown Florida Fancy (FF) palms for 30 years and added exquisite varieties of clumping bamboo to our product line in 2011. We offer 15 varieties of tropical and subtropical clumping bamboo and are one of the largest palm and bamboo plantations in North America with over 600 acres in production.
About Austin, Texas
Austin is located in USDA Hardiness Zone 8b. Although the city enjoys a humid subtropical climate with short, mild winters and very long hot summers, short periods of frost can also be a fact of life.
Average lows in Austin in winter are in the upper 30s, and it’s not unusual for residents to see freezing nights between mid-December and mid-February. Consequently, it’s important to look for clumping bamboos that can withstand the short cold spurts.
What is Clumping Bamboo?
Clumping bamboo is NOT invasive. It has a pachymorph rhizome system with short, thick roots that grow in a close circular clump, expanding very slowly by only a few inches per year. Unlike more aggressive running bamboos, it doesn’t expand horizontally beyond its assigned space.
If you’ve hesitated about using bamboo in your landscape for fear that it will run rampant and be impossible to control, consider non-invasive clumping bamboo varieties. Clumping bamboo is easy to control and maintain, grows well in USDA Zones 8 to 10, and is ideal for use as privacy screens, hedges, living fences, windbreaks, and to stabilize soil on slopes.
Consider one of these versatile, eye-catching clumping bamboos from Palmco that will grow beautifully in Austin:
Alphonse Karr Bamboo – This variety is a dense Chinese bamboo that grows to 20 to 25 feet with 1-inch diameter bright yellow culms that feature random dark green stripes. New shoots and culms often have a pinkish hue. It makes a spectacular hedge or barrier and will give a golden glow to any garden. Alphonse Karr Bamboo has low water requirements. Once established, it can tolerate cold weather as low as 12°F to 18°F.
Graceful Bamboo – Graceful bamboo has an upright growth pattern with foliage that cascades gracefully and leaf tips that point downward. We often call it the “ideal” bamboo. The very fast growing and well-behaved bamboo can reach heights up to 25 feet tall within 2 to 3 years and can handle temperatures down to 15°F. The tight erect clumps are ideal for narrow spaces and are often planted in a row to create a beautiful privacy hedge.
Oldhamii Bamboo – This popular variety is sometimes called Giant Timber Bamboo and grows quickly to about 55 feet tall with large 4” to 5” diameter culms. When grown in the shade, new culms are a dark green with silver powder. In sunny conditions, culms will have more of an orange hue. Oldhamii bamboo makes a stunning hedge, screen or wind barrier. It can handle frost to 20°F and short wet and dry spells. The large canes make lovely “bamboo sounds” when swaying in the wind.
Are you in Austin looking for a bamboo nursery? If so, then Palmco can help. Don’t hesitate to contact us Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm, at (239) 283-1329.