Bamboozled! When people hear about bamboo in northern Ohio landscapes a couple of things may come to mind like “bamboo doesn’t grow here” or “my bamboo is running rampant!” The truth is that proper bamboo species are both hardy and well-mannered in their growth habits. At The Rock Pile we offer two such bamboos. First is Fargesia rufa. This bamboo is a clump type, meaning it stays put where you plant it. Rufa Bamboo does not spread by runners and needs no containment. This plant grows slowly to about 6 feet tall by 5 feet wide. Rufa Bamboo favors shade or morning sun (no sun baking, please) so it is perfect where you want a soft, grass-like texture in darker areas of the landscape. What’s more bamboo is evergreen, meaning the plant looks much the same in January as it does in June- a nice, fresh green. It is fully hardy in our area.
Scabrida Bamboo is the other cold-hardy clump bamboo here at The Rock Pile. Like its cousin rufa, Fargesia scabrida grows well in shady gardens in northern Ohio. It too needs no containment and is also evergreen here. This bamboo grows to about 12 feet tall by 8 feet wide making it an excellent screening plant in shady areas where privacy is desired.
Both of our bamboos discussed like rich, acidic soil that is moist yet well-drained. The cultural requirements of these bamboos are not unlike the more familiar azaleas and rhododendrons of many of our landscapes. Bamboo is troubled by few pests save the panda- no really, Save The Panda. Bamboo- hardy and well behaved. We guarantee it!