Oregon LCB#8491 • 489 NW Creswell Lane, Albany, Oregon • 541-223-8555
Bamboo Grower and Landscape Contractor

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Our Bamboo Varieties

About Us
     The Business

     Dain Sansome, Owner
     Our Bamboo Overview
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About Bamboo
     General Information

     Running bamboos
     Timber bamboo
     Privacy Screens

     Clumping bamboos
Running Bamboos
     Phyllostachys atrovaginata

              (Incense Bamboo)
     Phyllostachys aurea
(Fish Pole or Golden Bamboo)
     Phyllostachys aureosulcata

     Phyllostachys bambusoides
(Japanese Timber Bamboo)
     Phyllostachys bambusoides

     Phyllostachys dulcis
(Sweetshoot Bamboo)
     Phyllostachys edulis
     Phyllostachys heteroclada
(Water Bamboo)
     Phyllostachys nigra
(Black Bamboo)
     Phyllostachys nigra ‘Bory’
(Tiger Bamboo)
     Phyllostachys nigra ‘Henon’
     Phyllostachys vivax
(Chinese Timber Bamboo)
     Qiongzhuea tumidissinoda
(Chinese Walking Stick Bamboo)

Clumping Bamboos
     Fargesia robusta

Services and Projects
     Design and consultation

     Bamboo control service
     Stump grinding

Bamboo FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
     Landscaping with bamboo

     Selecting your bamboos
     Planting, care, and control of
              your bamboos


Driving directions to Bamboo Valley
              in Albany, Oregon

Running Bamboos

Running bamboo Moso makes a forest you can walk into.

This is Phyllostachys nigra 'Bory', notice how it makes an open grove.

The bud which grows into a new shoot or rhizome is visible at the tip of the pruners.
Running bamboos, “runners”, are the most significant, eye-catching, and the most beautiful and useful of all the temperate bamboos.  People want runners for their rapid growth and screening ability.  Runners grow quickly and have thick rhizomes which usually grow horizontally, just under the ground's surface.  They require full to partial sun.  The genera Phyllostachys are all runners and they are among the most popular bamboos for landscaping.  Buds on the rhizomes swell to grow up as shoots in the spring.  Roots and rhizomes grow throughout the rest of the year but remain unnoticed unless they break out of the ground.  Rhizomes appear through cracks in dry ground or mulch during the late summer and sometimes emerge from the ground in the late autumn.  Running bamboo lends itself to hedges and borders, but it can spread over 10 feet in a single season.  Careful maintenance is advised.  They seldom spread in situations where they do not receive necessary moisture and light during the growing months.  However, they will spread rapidly when conditions permit.
Bamboo rhizomes and the fine roots that come off them.  Normally there are not so many rhizomes in one place, but these piled up against a concrete driveway.
  • All yard plants including bamboos require maintenance
  • Control running bamboos by root pruning down 2-4 inches average depth
  • Do 1-2x per year per year
  • Call Bamboo Valley if you get into trouble

Bamboo is not an invasive plant.  It can be aggressive at times and may take over and area if left alone for some time.

Bamboo has to be intentionally planted in order to survive.

Bamboo seldom flowers and seeds are generally few and germinate poorly. cuttings need specific conditions not present in the PNW to survive. They have a long life cycle and usually do not run deeply. Bamboos can be killed by grazing.


A forest of Moso behind a parking lot.

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