Had a great time today talking with Farmer Fred Hoffman on his 'Get Growing' gardening radio show on 650 AM KSTE. The podcasted show can be heard here - Listen (9/18/11 broadcasts).
So, in preparation for the radio interview I transferred my top seven varieties of clumping bamboo that are perfect for creating a privacy hedge from my brain on to paper. There is alot rolling up there in my 'noggin', so getting it on paper helped get my thoughts organized, but then I realized - 'I should share this with my blog readers!' Keep in mind, this is for the Sacramento area/Bay area climates.
So, without further adieu, here are the notes:
1. Bambusa oldhamii 'Giant Clumping Timber Bamboo' - Expect growth in the 30 to 35 foot range, perfect if you want that tropical feel and/or by a poolside. Takes full sun, clumping (non-invasive) and has big beautiful timber-like poles.
2. and 3. Bambusa ventricosa 'Buddha's Belly Green' and 'Buddha's Belly Kimmei' (pictured). Belly like growth invoked by less water and/or constrained growing (like in a container). Dense hedge. Height can vary on conditions (water) from 15 feet up to 35 feet.
4. Bambusa textilis 'Weavers' Bamboo' - 30 feet tall, very vertical and upright. Dark green and dense above a fenceline.
5. Bambusa tuldoides 'Punting Pole Bamboo' - 35 feet, very similar in size and look to 'Giant Clumping Timber Bamboo' except leaves are smaller, tight 'V' not as vertical as 'Giant Clumping Timber Bamboo.'
6. and 7. Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr' (pictured) and 'Hedge Bamboo' - 15 to 20 feet tall, dense tight 'V' shaped. 'Alphonse Karr' is yellow with green stripes, with some red with sun exposure. 'Hedge Bamboo' is all green but grows identical in form to 'Alphonse Karr.'
The 'Spectacular Seven' are perfect for our Sacramento/Bay Area climates, are clumping, and can take full sun. No more nosy neighbors once these form a privacy hedge in about 2 to 3 years.
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