Michigan Bamboo Company offers a wide variety of bamboo. All of our plants are running bamboo species with the exception of Fargesia rufa. Fargesia rufa is the only clumping bamboo that grows well in Michigan’s climate (Plants reach 6-8 feet in height).

Species of running bamboo are the fastest growing plants in the world after sea kelp. Although our species of bamboo only grow during 60-70 day intervals in the spring, the growth during that time can be considerable.


For example, yellow grove bamboo planted in Michigan can grow up to 25 feet tall in a season once mature. This is typical: Moso bamboo in China grows to 70 feet tall during its growth period. After each plant’s annual growth interval, the plant will not grow again new canes arise in the spring.


For a robust bamboo bed, the initial investment can be minimal. A 5 gallon container with 4 canes will at least double in size for the first few seasons. There is no faster growing plant in the world to create a privacy hedge or to quickly fill in an un-landscaped piece of property

All the bamboo plants we sell and install are already tall enough to immediately enhance your landscaping. Most bamboo plants are available in 1 through 5 gallon containers. Phyllostachys are available in 5 gallon and 10 gallon containers.

Bamboo stays green all year, although most dwarf bamboos should be cut down to the ground in the spring. Bamboo is a very easy plant to care for and it requires a minimal amount of maintenance in order for it to thrive.

All of our species are hardy and will survive to 10 to 20 degrees below zero temperatures.

Growing bamboo plants in Michigan is rewarding. There abilities in landscaping are unparalleled. A new house is constructed too close for comfort. Local building codes only allow 6’ tall privacy fences. A good solution would be an ornamental Bamboo hedge 12’ tall or larger. This creates a new environment for your yard. Your focus would be the bamboo not he house next door.

Planting and Care


Bamboo that grows well in Metro-Detroit.
Zone 6

 

Sales by appointments 7 days a week.
Call at 248-298-9568 or email me at jim@mibamboo.com to arrange your visit.


All prices are quoted F.O.B. Holly, Michigan.

 

All bamboo heights listed below are the size they can attain in zones 5 and 6. In warmer climate’s some of the bamboo will grow taller then heights listed.

Clumping Bamboo “Grows best in partial shade”

 

Fargesia rufa "clumping Bamboo"
Height: 6-7' Spread: 4-5': Zone 5-7 Spacing: 4-6'


4' full #5 Cont. $65 Sale!

This well-behaved, medium height bamboo is a new introduction from China, and is still very rare in cultivation. It appears to be hardier than most other species. In spring and early summer, the new shoots are clothed with wine-tinged sheaths, which drop off to reveal olive-green, polished canes. The foliage is darker than most other Fargesias and the plant has a slightly open habit. Perfect if you need a smaller specimen for a small garden or courtyard planting. Grows well with morning sun and afternoon shade. Needs no containment to prevent its spread.
Hardy to -15°
Fargesia rufa photo

 

Fargesia nitida (Blue Fountain Bamboo)
Height: 12-15' Spread: 6-10' Zone: 5-8 Spacing: 4-6'

4-6' tall 2 Gallon $45

F. nitida is a new generation seedlings. F. nitida has dark purple to gray culms with delicate evergreen foliage. It is extremely cold hardy, and the tallest growing of any clumping bamboo in zone 5 and 6. F. nitida needs no containment to prevent its spread. Hardy to -20°

Fargesia nitida 'Juizhaigou' (Red Fountain Bamboo)
Height: 10' Spread: 6-8' Zone: 5-8 Spacing: 4-6'

3-4' 3 gallon $125 "rare"


An exciting new introduction from the Sichuan Province of China. ‘Juizhaigou’ (Pronounced Joe's–I–Go) has delicate leaves and pea-green canes that turn to deep burgundy within the second year. Eventually the canes fade to yellow. For best cane color plant in a bright location, but not in full sun." Needs no containment to prevent its spread.


Running Bamboo


Arundinaria gigantea (Canebrake Bamboo)
Height: 6-10' Spread: Variable: Zone 5-9 Spacing: 3-5'

2'-3' multi-cane #2 Cont. $25
4'-5' multi-cane #5 Cont. $50


The only bamboo native to the eastern United States. This clone has culms that are quite upright and remain evergreen throughout the winter. Though a running bamboo, it should make a good plant for a tight area in a small garden. The species name indicates a large size, which may be misleading, as it will not likely attain the tall heights of the Phyllostachys. Native to Ohio.Canebrake Bamboo photo
Hardy to -15°

 

Indocalamus tessallatus (Broadleaf Bamboo)
Height: 3-4' Spread: Slow: Zone 5-9 Spacing: 2'

#2 Cont. $25

The largest leaves of the hardy low growing bamboos. Culms at first are upright but soon arch under the weight of the large leaves. Works nicely as a texture contrast with smaller foliages. Useful as a ground cover or as a container plant indoors. Requires winter mulching to protect the culms.Can be used as a container plant indoors.
Leafs Hardy to -5°
Broadleaf Bamboo photo

Hibanobambusa tranquillans ‘Shiroshima’ (Shiroshima Bamboo)
Height: 4'-8' Spread: Variable Zone: 5-9 Spacing: 2-4'

#2 Cont. $36
#5 Cont. $60

The strikingly attractive leaves are variegated in cream and green with stunning color that persists throughout the year. It is the best tall variegated bamboo, having larger leaves than other variegated forms, resulting in a distinctive and bold effect. Best sited with an eastern or protected exposure to keep the foliage colorful. Useful as a massed specimen, keeping in mind that it can spread over time.
Can be used as a container plant indoors.
Leafs are Hardy to 0°
Shiroshima Bamboo photo

 

Phyllostachys atrovaginata (Incense Bamboo) NEW
Height: 15-30' Spread: Variable: Zone 5-9 Spacing: 3-5'

3-4’ tall multi-cane 1 gallon. $36

A straight upright bamboo with large diameter canes that taper quick. Incense Bamboo will have the largest diameter culms of any bamboo grown in zone 5 and 6. Culms can reach up 2”. Hardy to -10°


Phyllostachys aureosulcata (Yellow Groove Bamboo)
Height: 15-30' Spread: Variable: Zone 5-9 Spacing: 3-5'

3-4' multi-cane #2 $45
6'-8' multi-cane #5 Cont. $75
10'-12' multi-cane #10 Cont. $120

The plant forms a beautiful grove with mature culms displaying an olive green color and yellow groove alternating between the nodes. It grows well in full sun to full shade. This bamboo is excellent for hedges, containers, or a specimen planting. It can be planted on small lots using bamboo barrier or raised beds.
Hardy to -15°
Yellow Groove Bamboo photo

Phyllostachys aureosulcata f. Spectabilis
(Green Groove Bamboo)
Height: 15-25' Spread: Variable: Zone 5-9 Spacing: 3-5'

6' multi-cane #2 Cont. $45
6'-8' multi-cane #5 Cont $80
8-10' multi-cane #10 Cont. $130

The rich yellow canes are the reverse of Yellow Groove Bamboo and have a bright green groove. Young new culms can turn shades of burgundy red when exposed to sun. It grows well in full sun to full shade. This bamboo is excellent for hedges, containers, or a specimen planting. It can be planted on small lots using bamboo barrier or raised beds.This is the most colorful large bamboo that we grow.
Hardy to -15°

Green Groove Bamboo photo

Phyllostachys bissettii (David Bissett Bamboo)
Height: 15-20' Spread: Variable: Zone 5-9 Spacing: 3-5'

4-5' multi-cane #2 Cont. $45
6-8' multi-cane #5 Cont. $75

The Green culms have dark green foliage createing a dense canopy. It grows well in full sun to full shade. This bamboo is excellent for hedges, containers, or a specimen planting. It can be planted on small lots using bamboo barrier or raised beds.
Hardy to -15°

David Bissett Bamboo photo

Phyllostachys nuda (Nuda Bamboo)
Height: 15-30' Spread: Variable: Zone 5-9 Spacing: 3-5'

3-4 ' multi-cane #2 Cont. $45
6'-8' multi-cane #5 Cont. $75
10-12' multi-cane #10 Cont. $120
6-8' multi-cane 'Localis' #5 Cont. $80

Each node has a white ring easily seen on the larger culms. It grows well in full sun to full shade. This bamboo is excellent for hedges, containers, or a specimen planting. It can be planted on small lots using bamboo barrier or raised beds.Hardy to -15°.


Nuda Bamboo photo

Pleioblastus chino ‘Vaginatus Variegatus’
Height: 18"-3' Spread: Variable Zone: 5-9 Spacing: 2'

#2 Cont. $25

The narrow, highly variegated white striped leaves of this variety make a low finely textured groundcover stunning in the landscape. The delicate variegations give it an elegant appearance. Prefers partial shade. Cut to ground in spring to renew growth.

Pleioblastus fortunei (Dwarf White-Stripe Bamboo)
Height: 18-30" Spread: Variable: Zone 5-9 Spacing: 2'

#2 Cont. $25
#5 Cont. $45

Nice ground cover bamboo with bright white and green variegated foliage that holds its color all season. Cut to ground in early spring to renew growth. Dwarf White-Stripe bamboo photo

Pleioblastus hogumosasa (Pygmy Bamboo)
Height: 12-24" Spread: Variable: Zone 5-9 Spacing: 2'

#2 Cont. $25
#5 Cont. $45

Hardy dwarf bamboo. The upright stems have short branches and 3-4" bright green foliage which gives flattened appearance at top of stems. Once established through its fast spreading rhizomes it will survive despite dryness, shade and root competition from trees. Excellent evergreen groundcover. Formerly known as Arundinaria pygmaea. Cut to ground early in spring to renew growth. Pygmy Bamboo photo

Pleioblastus shibuyanus ‘Tsuboi’ (Tsuboi Bamboo)
Height: 2-3' Spread: Variable: Zone 5-9 Spacing: 2'

#2 Cont. $25
#5 Cont. $45

New leaves can emerge nearly white and retain their variegation through the season. The leaves are small and have a variable white stripe in the center. Useful as a container plant or groundcover, best sited in partial shade. Cut to ground in spring to renew growth. Tsuboi Bamboo photo

Pleioblastus viridi-striatus (Dwarf Yellow-Stripe Bamboo)
Height: 18-24" Spread: Variable: Zone 5-9 Spacing: 2'

#2 Cont. $25
#5 Cont. $45

Magnificent bright bamboo with leaves predominantly yellow. Best coloring in sun and good soil. Hardy to -20°F when mulched. A moderate spreader, plants may require containment. Cut to ground early in spring to renew growth.Dwarf Yellow-Stripe Bamboo photo

Pleioblastus viridi-striatus ‘Chrysophyllus’ (Dwarf GoldenBamboo )
Height: 18-24" Spread: Variable: Zone 5-9 Spacing: 2'

#2 Cont. $25
#5 Cont. $45

Striking golden foliage without the variegation of the species. Exhibits best color in a sunny site. Cut to ground early in spring and mulch in winter.Dwarf Golden Bamboo photo

Pseudosasa japonica (Arrow Bamboo)
Height: 8-11' Spread: Variable: Zone 6-9

#2 Cont. $30
#5 Cont. $55
#10 Cont. $100

An excellent ornamental bamboo with large ornamental dark green leaves on strong erect culms. Useful as a screen or hedge in a protected area and partial shade. Requires winter mulching to protect the culms. Can be used as a container plant indoors.
Leafs Hardy to 0°
Arrow Bamboo photo

Sasa senanensis (Senan Bamboo)
Height: 5-8' Spread: Variable: Zone 5-9 Spacing: 2-3'

#2 Cont. $30
#5 Cont. $50

Nice shrub forming bamboo for winter hardiness and good dark green foliage that holds up well all year. Can be planted in deep shade to light sun. A rare and desirable plant.
Hardy to -10°
Senan Bamboo photo

Sasaella masumuneana 'Albostriata' (Dwarf White Striped Bamboo) Height: 1-3' Spread: Variable: Zone 5-9 Spacing: 2'

#2 Cont. $25

Forms low, dense clumps of attractive white to cream striped foliage. Can be used as a groundcover for stunning effects. Prefers partial shade. Cut to ground in early spring to renew growth. Dwarf White Striped Bamboo photo

Shibataea kumasaca (Ruscus Leafed Bamboo)
Height: 3-6' Spread: slow : Zone 5-9 Spacing: 2'

#2 Cont. $25
#5 Cont. $45

A highly distinctive and ornamental Japanese bamboo with unusual foliage arranged in whorls around slender stems. It prefers acid soil and performs as a ground cover or short hedge.
Hardy to -5°
Ruscus Leafed Bamboo photo

 

We are offering economical delivery for $25 if you are located within 10 miles east and west of I-75 between Holly, Mi and Toledo, OH. We can deliver to farther locations for additional fees.


**Please note that we supply other species of bamboo not on this list. (Please email or call Michigan Bamboo Company to place an order.)

sales@mibamboo.com

(248) 298-9568