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Which type of Bamboo to plant?

My garden is approximately 100 ft long and 60 ft wide.  The end of the garden sits in full sun light, the ground is clay heavy, and it can be rather exposed to wind.  I would like to plant a fast growing Bamboo that would reach at least 14 ft in height.  I live in the North West of England.  Could anyone suggest which type of Bamboo would be best suited?


  • Suggest wait for Verdun to reply..... He loves bamboo.....

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,165

    Snoodle - that's very naughty image

    He will tell you under no circumstances plant bamboo! image

    The clump formers - Fargesia - are the ones that would be suitable, and in my experience they don't pose too much of a problem on clay soil.  

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609 have a nice big garden.   The plant you want is Fargesia Robusta 'Campbell variety'....  it will take about 4 years to reach the height you require but is a clump former which means it's easy to control.   The rhizomes spread gently, about 4 to 8 inches outwards from the base when established and easy to spot as they turn upwards through the soil (rather than run underneath) and can easily be pruned off, but for the first few years you needn't worry about it.... I think they're gorgeous especially for the larger garden...

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  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,488

    As Salino has said, Fargesia Robusta 'Campbell' is a great looking bamboo. Fargesia 'Asian wonder' is similar but with reddish canes.

    If you are willing to put down a barrier then try 'Phyllostachys Shanghai 3'. It is a collectors bamboo that grows huge and is more wind resistant that Fargesia. I think you will still get wind burn regardless of bamboo planted.

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