Bamboo 4 Your Enjoyment
Although bamboo is fairly rare in the US compares to other countries who use is daily, it’s the most common and widely grown bamboo in the United States and has been introduced into cultivation around the world. It has a dense foliage and grows up to 65 feet (20 meters) tall in the right climate (Southern US). It can have a diameter of up to 4 inches (10 centimeters).
Shoots grow rapidly in warmer months as the beautiful giant bamboo slumps into other shoots. It’s not a “running bamboo” so it won’t get out of control as many other species can which give bamboo a bad name. The branches are short and leaves long.
Giant Timber Bamboo is native to the island of Taiwan and to southern China (Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Zhejiang). It’s widely cultivated and has become naturalized in several places like the Ryukyu Islands, New Zealand, Chiapas, Honduras, Peru, Philippines, Bangladesh, etc.
One of the most popular bamboos in cultivation, it is a densely foliated clumping bamboo to 55 feet under optimum growing conditions. Culms can have a diameter up to 4 inches and they are straight and erect. Slow growing until established it’s best planted in full sun. Best to give normal irrigation. Hardy to 15-20 degrees F but thrives in the Southern United States, for example. Makes an excellent large screen.
Bamboo Environmental Facts
- Absorbs greenhouse gases. Bamboo absorbs carbon dioxide up to 5 times greater and releases 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere than an equivalent stand of hardwood trees.
- No fertilizer, pesticides, or herbicides needed. Bamboo requires no agricultural chemicals to thrive. Bamboo does not require fertilizers for optimal growth. Discarded leaves of bamboo provide all needed nutrients when they start to decompose.
- Bamboo grows in a variety of conditions. Bamboo helps to preserve vital moisture in the soil. From low wetlands to higher elevations in the mountains, bamboo thrives in a wide range of climates.
- Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the planet. Unlike other woody plants, bamboo reaches maturity after only 3 to 5 years.
- Planting one bamboo = carbon neutrality for one person. One bamboo tree generates plenty of natural oxygen sufficient for more than one human being’s daily requirement.
One fully grown bamboo would sequester above 400 Kgs of carbon dioxide from the earth every year for many decades to come. If you don’t want to leave a carbon foot print for the next generation, plant bamboo. It’s that simple.
A family of four including a dog or a cat would essentially require 1100 to 1250 kg of oxygen every year for breathing which is made available by 3-4 bamboo plants organically. Plant an extra one just in case! Click here to contact us. You may also visit our other website that explains the great benefits of bamboo.
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Habit and Cultural Information
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae) (Grasses)
Origin: China (Asia)
Height: 40-65 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20° F
Botanical Name: Bambusa Oldhamii
Common Name: Giant Timber Bamboo Plants
Maximum Height: 40-65′
Culm diameter: 4″
Minimum Temperature: 15-20F
Light: Full Sun
*** PLEASE HEED THIS WARNING: If temps dip below the minimum (approx. 20F) for just a few hours, this Giant Timber bamboo will suffer severe damage, if not die, depending on how cold it get’s and for how long. Furthermore, it will stunt the bamboos long term growth!