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BAMBOO VARIETIES

Whispering Winds Bamboo is proud to showcase our bamboo inventory. All of the bamboo species we offer are clumping (no runners) and supplied with the utmost care with respect for the environment and the plants. They are organically grown and fertilized. We encourage each customer to research the optimal variety(s) for their unique situation, we provide detailed knowledge and support in any project. Give us a call or send an email, we’re here to assist with any questions and supply needed support.  Please don't hesitate to contact us for other sizes, current pricing and special sales. Ask about free delivery to Upcountry or Central Maui.

ATRO

Gigantochloa atroviolacea

Height:  55'

Culm Diameter:  4"

Culm Color:  Green turning dark black, occasional green striping

Leaf Pattern:  Large, broad, dark green, flat hand

Shape:  Tall with a slight 'V' profile

Plant Uses:  Ornamental, large hedge

Culm Uses:  Exceptional black timber

Shoots:  Edible

Grow Conditions:  Hardy, handles wind, wet, drought

Wind Tolerance:  Good

Origin:  Java

Defining features:  Majestic plant with royal color, poles maintain their color after curing

Price/Availability:  $60 for 2 gallon container
$100 for 5 gallon container

MEXICAN WEEPING

Otatea acuminata aztecorum

Height:  20'

Culm Diameter:  1" solid canes

Culm Color:  Dark red/purple/black

Leaf Pattern:  Long thin wispy leaves

Shape:  Irregular fountain shape, open clumper

Plant Uses:  Ornamental

Culm Uses:  Solid culms, very strong, used in bamboo bicycles

Shoots:  Very small

Grow Conditions:  Likes higher elevations best

Wind Tolerance:  Good

Origin:  Mexico

Defining features:  Unique bamboo look and excellent stand alone species for the botanical collection

Price/Availability:  $50 for 2 gallon container
$75 for 5 gallon container

HIROSE

Bambusa sp. 'Hirose'

Height:  50-55'

Culm Diameter:  4"

Culm Color:  Green turning gold

Leaf Pattern:  Dark green, broad leaf, long flat hand

Shape:  Very straight and erect, tight clumper

Plant Uses:  Perfect large hedge, windbreak, ornamental

Culm Uses:  Exceptional Timber

Shoots:  Excellent quality and maybe eaten raw if well mulched and not allowed to see sunlight

Grow Conditions:  Hardy, tolerates wind, wet, drought, and salt

Wind Tolerance:  Great

Origin:  Southern China

Defining features:  Ideal all-around green hedge, providing exceptional timber and great shoots, Old Hamii look-alike

Price/Availability:  $20 for 1 gallon container
$30 for 2 gallon container
$45 for 5 gallon container

MALAY DWARF

Bambusa glaucophylla

Height:  12-15'
Culm Diameter:  1" solid
Culm Color:  Green/gold
Leaf Pattern:  Variegated green and white creates lighter green
Shape:  Erect and bushy
Plant Uses:  Excellent privacy hedge, windbreak, and ornamental
Culm Uses:  Garden stakes
Shoots:  Too small
Grow Conditions:  Rugged, can handle wind, salt, drought, and wet
Wind Tolerance:  Excellent
Origin:  Malaysia
Defining features:  Bushy to ground, creates impenetrable hedge, plant 5 to 10 feet apart
Price/Availability:  $20 for 1 gallon container
$30 for 2 gallon container
$45 for 5 gallon container

NASTUS, SWEET SHOOT

Nastus elatus

Height:  50-65'

Culm Diameter:  4"

Culm Color:  Green

Leaf Pattern:  Long, narrow, light green, hanging

Shape:  Feathering overflow with a 'W' profile

Plant Uses:  Best shoots available, may be eaten raw

Culm Uses:  not applicable/weak wall

Shoots:  Exceptionally good, raw or cooked

Grow Conditions:  Fast growing and salt tolerant, requires good drainage

Wind Tolerance:  The thin walled culms can blow over in the wind quite easily

Origin:  New Guinea

Defining features:  Raw edible shoots, weeping willow leaves, and blue florescent shoots

Price/Availability:  $20 for 1 gallon container
$30 for 2 gallon container
$50 for 5 gallon container

SACRED BALI

Schizostachyum brachycladum

Height:  40'

Culm Diameter:  3"

Culm Color:  Bright buttery yellow

Leaf Pattern:  Broad dark green leaves fanning out

Shape:  Erect and vertical

Plant Uses:  Ornamental, collector's favorite

Culm Uses:  Thin walled culms used for flutes

Shoots:  Edible if starving

Grow Conditions:  Delicate, can be grown in a pot

Wind Tolerance:  Does not like strong wind

Origin:  SE Asia

Defining features:  Very dramatic, makes an excellent plant to show off in the landscape

Price/Availability:  $35 for 1 gallon container
$60 for 2 gallon container
$100 for 5 gallon container

TEXTILIS

Bambusa textilis

Height:  40'

Culm Diameter:  2"

Culm Color:  Blueish to green to gold

Leaf Pattern:  Graceful medium green leaves

Shape:  Very erect tight clumper, exposed lower culms

Plant Uses:  Privacy hedge, ornamental

Culm Uses:  Handicraft, flutes and furniture

Shoots:  Edible

Grow Conditions:  Hardy, especially salt, drought, and cold tolerant

Wind Tolerance:  Excellent

Origin:  China

Defining features:  Sometimes called blue bamboo for the powdery blue cast to the mature culms, striking in the landscape and a great windbreak species

Price/Availability:  $45 for 2 gallon container
$75 for 5 gallon container

LAKO, TIMOR BLACK

Bambusa lako

Height:  50-60'

Culm Diameter:  3.5"

Culm Color:  Initial green turns chocolate black with occasional green stripes that dry yellow

Leaf Pattern:  Medium green, long, thin, hanging

Shape:  Very erect and tight clumper

Plant Uses:  Ornamental, large hedge

Culm Uses:  Black timber, furniture

Shoots:  Edible

Grow Conditions:  Loves rich moist soil

Wind Tolerance:  Good

Origin:  Timor Islands

Defining features:  Shiny chocolate brown culms with occasional green stripes; a gorgeous plant

Price/Availability:  $35 for 1 gallon container
$60 for 2 gallon container
$100 for 5 gallon container

WAMIN, LUMPY NOODLE

Bambusa vulgaris 'Wamin'

Height:  16-25'

Culm Diameter:  3"

Culm Color:  Green

Leaf Pattern:  Large green

Shape:  Boxy, distinctive bulge in culms

Plant Uses:  Ornamental, hedge

Culm Uses:  Furniture

Shoots:  Edible but bitter

Grow Conditions:  Grows tallest at higher altitudes, at lower altitudes will remain shorter

Wind Tolerance:  Good

Origin:  Unknown

Defining features:  Can be an impenetrable hedging bamboo as it gets thick with branches from the ground up, very hardy

Price/Availability:  $20 for 1 gallon container
$30 for 2 gallon container
$50 for 5 gallon container

GRACILIS, WEAVER'S

Bambusa textilis var. gracilis

Height:  20-25'

Culm Diameter:  1-1 1/4"

Culm Color  :Green-turning golden

Leaf Pattern:  Small, delicate, flat hand

Shape:  Slight weeping form, tight clumper

Plant Uses:  Excellent privacy hedge, windbreak, ornamental

Culm Uses:  Weaving crafts

Shoots:  Edible

Grow Conditions:  Hardy: cold, wind, wet, drought and salt tolerant

Wind Tolerance:  Excellent

Origin:  Subtropical China

Defining features:  Easy maintenance, makes a perfect hedge

Price/Availability:  $55 for 2 gallon container
$85 for 5 gallon container

DOLI

Bambusa dolichomerithalla 'Greenstripe'

Height:  25-30'

Culm Diameter:  2"

Culm Color:  Vivid light green with occasional dark green striping

Leaf Pattern:  Wide, flat, medium green

Shape:  Vase

Plant Uses:  Privacy hedge, windbreak, ornamental

Culm Uses:  not applicable

Shoots:  not applicable

Grow Conditions:  Vigorous, drought hardy

Wind Tolerance:  Excellent

Origin:  Taiwan

Defining features:  Multi-colored culms from light greenish yellow to dark green with stripes of varying shades of green, very dramatic in the landscape

Price/Availability:  $25 for 1 gallon container
$40 for 2 gallon container
$65 for 5 gallon container

CHUNGII, WHITE BAMBOO

Bambusa chungii

Height:  30'

Culm Diameter:  2"

Culm Color:  White to gold

Leaf Pattern:  Medium sized, light green

Shape:  Erect form, leafless lower 10'

Plant Uses:  Privacy hedge, ornamental

Culm Uses:  Thin walled culms, weaving handicrafts

Shoots:  not applicable

Grow Conditions:  Normal bamboo hardiness

Wind Tolerance:  Good

Origin:  China

Defining features:  Spectacular white accent color

Price/Availability:  $45 for 2 gallon container
$75 for 5 gallon container

OLD HAMII, GIANT TIMBER

Bambusa oldhamii

Height:  50-55'

Culm Diameter:  4"

Culm Color:  Green turning gold

Leaf Pattern:  Dark green, broad leaf, long flat hand

Shape:  Very straight and erect, tight clumper

Plant Uses:  Perfect large hedge, windbreak, ornamental

Culm Uses:  Good Timber

Shoots:  Excellent quality and maybe eaten raw if well mulched and not allowed to see sunlight

Grow Conditions:  Hardy, tolerates wind, wet, drought, and salt

Wind Tolerance:  Great

Origin:  Southern China

Defining features:  Ideal all-around green hedge, providing good timber and great shoots

Price/Availability:  $20 for 1 gallon container
$30 for 2 gallon container
$45 for 5 gallon container

GUADUA

Guadua angustafolia

Height:  85'

Culm Diameter:  6-8"

Culm Color:  Green with distinctive white bands on the internodes

Leaf Pattern:  Medium sized, lighter green, flat hand

Shape:  Straight up, very erect, open clumper

Plant Uses:  Erosion control, plantation timber

Culm Uses:  Medium sized, lighter green, flat hand

Shoots:  Timber, furniture making

Grow Conditions:  Very hardy, handles rocky terrain, marginal soil, and excellent for erosion control

Wind Tolerance:  Susceptible to blowing over in high winds

Origin:  South America

Defining features:  White bands on nodes (not internodes) and can be very thorny with lots of sharp lethal thorns on branches and culms; Recommended cultivar of angustafolia is lessthorniensis

Price/Availability:  $30 for 2 gallon container
$40 for 5 gallon container

HITAM

Dendrocalumus asper 'Hitam'

Height:  100'
Culm Diameter:  8-11"
Culm Color:  Black
Leaf Pattern:  Broad, dark green, flat hand
Shape:  Slight vase profile
Plant Uses:  Extraordinary specimen, collectors favorite
Culm Uses:  Black timber, furniture
Shoots:  Edible
Grow Conditions:  Hardy and vigorous and needs lots of space; this is a big plant
Wind Tolerance:  Excellent
Origin:  Central Java
Defining features:  Rare, largest black bamboo, dramatic addition to the landscape
Price/Availability:  $125 for 5 gallon container

ALPHONSE KARR

Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr'

Height:  20-25'

Culm Diameter:  1"

Culm Color:  Gold with green stripes, new shoots have beautiful pink blush that fades with age

Leaf Pattern:  Small

Shape:  Natural fountain which can be easily pruned

Plant Uses:  Privacy hedge, windbreak, ornamental

Culm Uses:  Strong thin canes

Shoots:  Edible but very small

Grow Conditions:  Hardy plant

Wind Tolerance:  Excellent

Origin:  China

Defining features:  Versatile styling with fountain shape that can be pruned to reveal golden culms

Price/Availability:  $30 for 2 gallon container
$45 for 5 gallon container

 
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