Clumping Bamboo Georgia
Clumping bamboo can create privacy and beauty in your Georgia landscape in just a few growing seasons, and Palmco is dedicated to providing landscape architects, landscapers and wholesale buyers with the best possible bamboo selection.
Established in Bokeelia, Florida in 1984, Palmco grows 15 varieties of non-invasive clumping bamboos. A few of these varieties are well-suited to the humid subtropical climate of Georgia’s southeast coastline, including Brunswick, Darien, St. Marys and St. Simons Island, as well as warm northern and inland areas, such as Savannah and Valdosta.
Using Clumping Bamboo
Aside from beauty, one of the best features of clumping bamboos is that they are non-invasive. They grow gradually outward from the center, and new culms grow taller and larger in diameter every year. They don’t spread horizontally beyond their assigned area, making them the ideal low-maintenance alternative to larger, more aggressive, running bamboos.
Clumping bamboo can be used in landscaping in many different ways, such as:
- Dramatic focal pieces
- Privacy screens
- Living fences
- Driveway plantings
- Noise barriers
- Storm barriers
- Backdrops for other tropical plants
- Soil stabilizer on slopes and river banks
Clumping bamboo can help you define separate spaces on a large property. Build a bamboo wall between a swimming pool and playground. Screen off garages and work areas or to block an unpleasant view.
Some varieties make excellent container plants for patios and poolside planting. Tall, erect varieties are beautiful when used as avenue plantings, and specimen clumpers can create a spectacular focal point in a landscape.
Popular Clumping Bamboos for Zones 8 and 9
Emerald Bamboo – Sometimes called Emerald Timber Bamboo, this variety is the one that most people picture when they think of bamboo. It is elegant, tall and straight, and new culms have a whitish-blue waxy tint and turn a muted green color as they age. It grows in a nice tight clump that creates a dense privacy screen. Bambusa mutabilis is cold-hardy down to 18°F and makes an excellent ornamental bamboo. Its culms are about 2-inches in diameter and it grows to a stately 30 to 40 feet.
Oldhamii Bamboo – This clumping bamboo is another great choice for Zones 8 and 9. It’s tolerant of a variety of climates and can handle temperatures down to 20°F and short wet and dry spells. Bambusa oldhamii can grow 50 to 60 feet tall with large 4- to 5-inch diameter culms. It’s one of the straightest growing bamboo species and one of the most attractive and economical screening and wind barrier varieties. It also makes peaceful “bamboo sounds” when swaying in the wind.
Get more information about growing clumping bamboo in Georgia by contacting Palmco Monday thru Friday from 8AM to 5PM at 1-239-283-1329 or 1-855-GOPALMCO. We’ll answer all of your questions and arrange delivery of your palms and bamboo to your jobsite.