Bamboo is a naturally resilient, easy-to-maintain plant (part of the grass family) that is as functional as it is beautiful. Most of our customers choose bamboo to create a privacy screen, though they also make for good, unique accent plants in yards and gardens. Ninth Ward Nursery carries a variety of blue, green, yellow and black bamboos, ranging from a maximum height of 6' to 60'.
Will bamboo take over my yard/neighborhood?
Not necessarily. A common misconception about bamboo, which has given it an unfortunate reputation, is that its growth is impossible to control.
Bamboos exhibit two kinds of root growth patterns — pachymorph (aka "clumping") and leptomorph (aka "running"). As their common names imply, one is invasive and the other is not.
Clumping bamboos' root systems spread a short distance, a matter of inches to a few feet, from its center. This makes planting for privacy screens easy, since we can plant bamboos in a row knowing how "filled out" they'll appear when mature. Ninth Ward Nursery sells almost exclusively clumping bamboos.