Why should you have to go on holidays to enjoy the lush tropical feel that bamboo provides?

Wouldn’t it be nice to walk out into a tranquil oasis of lush greenery and tropical colours and sounds in your own backyard?

By planting bamboo you will instantly improve the look and feel of your backyard with more privacy, cool shade and lush greenery.

There are still many people that believe that all bamboo is invasive. This couldn’t be further from the truth when in fact; there are two totally different types of bamboo. These are the Running bamboo (invasive), and the Clumping bamboo (non-invasive).

So what is the difference?

Running bamboo spreads from an underground rhizome which travels in unpredictable directions and up to as much as 6 metres in length underground per rhizome. Shoots will grow through the surface at varying intervals along the length of that rhizome to form the culms. Running bamboo then send off further rhizomes from each current rhizome, again spreading up to 6 metres in any direction beyond the original plant – producing the running bamboo grove. On acreage, running bamboo can be a beautiful and extremely useful plant, but when planted in the wrong application, like modern day suburbia, running bamboo can become invasive and problematic when not contained in a pot.

Running Bamboo

Clumping bamboo however, produce short, individual rhizomes that grow out of the soil as shoots and then grow into individual culms (bamboo poles), forming a ‘clump’ of culms. The growing tip of the bamboo shoots is very shallow and near the surface, and can physically only produce one culm per rhizome. Clumping bamboo cannot physically run and will ‘stay put’ in the clump where you plant the original bamboo – very similar to how a Golden Cane Palm grows. However, clumping bamboo species vary in size and can naturally form a clump of half a metre round diameter or in some larger species, up to 4m round diameter – making it essential you get the right advice in choosing the correct bamboo for your needs.

Clumping Bamboo Root

With housing blocks in Perth becoming smaller and our buildings being built taller, privacy is fast becoming an absolute necessity of urban life.

There is no end to the choice of unsightly and expensive fences, walls, screens out there, but often they just decrease the ambience of your outdoor space and create even more of a boxed in feeling. A natural, living privacy screen is fast becoming the most coveted resource there is.

This is where clumping bamboo really stands out. It is the most popular choice for anyone wanting to enjoy a “Hedge in a Hurry” to block out neighbours, buildings or fences within a narrow garden bed and enjoy instant privacy!

Benefits of using clumping Bamboo in your Garden:

  • Clumping bamboo has a shallow, non-invasive root system
  • Clumping bamboo is the fastest growing land plant
  • Clumping bamboo make great windbreaks, noise barriers and privacy screens
  • Certain species of clumping bamboo can be grown in pots, troughs or raised garden beds
  • Clumping bamboo is a drought tolerant plant once established
  • Some clumping bamboo species can be planted in narrow spaces of 50cm
  • Clumping bamboo can be trimmed, hedged, cleaned out or shaped
  • Clumping bamboo comes in many beautiful and intriguing shapes, colours and sizes
  • Clumping bamboo is extremely useful for soil stability
  • Clumping bamboo can cool your yard by up to 8 degrees in the heat of summer
  • Clumping bamboo purifies your air up to 3 times more effectively than other garden plants


Fascinating Facts about Bamboo

  • Bamboo survived the atomic bomb at Hiroshima and was the first plant to recover following the blast in 1945.
  • Bamboo produces the largest amount of oxygen, and consumes more carbon dioxide than any other plant size for size.
  • Mature bamboos produce several new shoots and canes each year, which can be harvested individually without destroying the plant.
  • Bamboo plants are very effective at removing metals and other toxic substances from soils and water.
  • There are over 1500 species of bamboo in the world.
  • Over 1 billion people in the world live in bamboo houses. Bamboo buildings have proven to be exceedingly earthquake proof.
  • Bamboo shoots have been eaten throughout Asia for centuries, and branches and leaves make good fodder for animals.
  • Thomas Edison used bamboo filaments in his first light bulbs, and one of those bulbs is still burning today in Washington, DC.