Recommendation for 8-12 ft bamboo for screen in zone 7b

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Recommendation for 8-12 ft bamboo for screen in zone 7b

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Howdy folks.

I have a nice grove of bamboo behind a 3-sided barrier at my current house, but we're moving to a new place that has a smaller yard. So, I need a bamboo in garden zone 7b (near Hershey, PA) that is about 8-12 feet tall (else it will shade the garden). Ideally, the bamboo would be fairly erect.

So far, I've thought about japonica and arundinaria gigatea. How tall will those get in my climate and how well will they do behind a 360-degree barrier? Aggression? Other recommendations?

I'll appreciate any guidance you can offer.
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Re: Recommendation for 8-12 ft bamboo for screen in zone 7b

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I think Bissetii would be the best for screening. If you're concerned about the barrier, try growing it in a raised bed.
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Re: Recommendation for 8-12 ft bamboo for screen in zone 7b

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Bissetii grows a lot taller than 8-12 feet when it matures though.

Semi-Arundinarias are the right size, and S-A yashadake 'Kimmei" is a very nice looking plant, grows to the desired height. It will suffer die back (to ground) if hit with temps around 5F though. Same with the other Semi-A's commonly availble. P Japonica the right height, but also get set back at that temp.

Fargesia rufra will eventually get to 8 ft and pretty much stay there, but should be in a space that would accommodate 8 ft of width as well.
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Re: Recommendation for 8-12 ft bamboo for screen in zone 7b

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dependable wrote: Sun May 19, 2024 8:00 pm Bissetii grows a lot taller than 8-12 feet when it matures though.
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Under good conditions, yes. But, given a limited space, water and/or fertilizer, it may not even reach 10 feet.

I planted a Bissetii grove in my front lawn over a decade ago. For several years, I neglected it and it remain stunted under 5 feet, hardly spreading. Now that I pamper it, it's starting to grow and spread.
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The temperature zone probably is the difference. I'm in zone 7a, and my bissetti runs wild and gets up over 25 ft tall. Of course care an nutrition play a part too.
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Re: Recommendation for 8-12 ft bamboo for screen in zone 7b

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The height thing is always a tough one as it's so dependent on specific conditions, so I'll just point out that I've seen some nice pruned bamboo screens if that's an option for you to keep it at a specific height. Pruning would also keep them much more upright I think.

I will also add that 360-degree containment could cause issues after many years. I wouldn't NOT plant there because of it, but know that at some point you might need to dig out a bunch of old rhizomes to make room for fresh growth.
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