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Bamboo For Shoots

Here is our selection of bamboo that is great to eat. They can be used in several different dishes such as stir fry, or can be added in with any vegetables for more taste. Your cooking creativity is the limit on the dishes that bamboo can be added to.

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Name: Phyllostachys Angusta  Stone
Height: 25 ft / 7.6 m
Min. Temp: 0˚F / -18˚C
This is a very nice sized rare bamboo growing to a maximum diameter of 1.5". It is an excellent bamboo for craft work. In China, its native environment, it is used to make fishing rods and for weaving baskets. This bamboo sprouts in mid season and is not bitter to eat making it a good choice for shoots. Stone is a mid size bamboo that is also good for screening.
Name: Phyllostachys Atrovaginata  Incense
Height: 30ft / 9.1 m
Min. Temp: -15˚F / -26˚C
This variety is also known as incense bamboo since the surface of the culms when rubbed produces a scent similar to sandalwood. This is also a hardy plant that can survive negative temperatures. It typically grows to 3" in diameter. It is a favorite of landscapers and the sprouts are very good to eat with no bitterness even when raw. This bamboo is a great choice for wet areas and for erosion control, however, never plant bamboo in areas where standing water frequently occurs.
Name: Phyllostachys Aurea  Golden
Height: 27 ft / 8.2 m
Min. Temp: 0˚F / -18˚C
This is a small to medium sized bamboo that grows to a diameter of 1.75". Golden bamboo is also known as fish pole bamboo due to its slender, straight canes. This is probably the most common bamboo in the United States.
The shoots are good to eat with very little bitterness when eat raw. It does well in large pots and makes a very good hedge. This is good bamboo for walking canes, wind chimes, and many other crafts. Your imagination is the limit with bamboo crafts. Keep in mind, this bamboo will grow to a height that can interfere with power lines so choose your planting spot wisely.
Name: Phyllostachys Aureosulcata  Yellow Groove
Height: 45 ft / 13.7 m
Min. Temp: -15˚F / -26˚C
This bamboo is commonly known as yellow groove bamboo due to its yellow stripe on green canes. It can reach a diameter of 2.25" and is very cold hardy. This bamboo is very popular in the US and in China. The mid season shoots are excellent to eat with no bitterness when raw. It is a fast grower and spreads rapidly in warmer climates. Make sure to choose a full sun planting site away from any overhead obstructions such as power lines.
Name: Phyllostachys Aureosulcata Alata
Height: 45 ft / 13.7 m
Min. Temp: -15˚F / -26˚C
This is the green version of yellow groove bamboo and is very similar. It can reach a diameter of 2.25". It is very cold hardy and also popular in the US and China. The shoots are great to eat raw or cooked with no bitterness. Choose a full sun site to plant this bamboo.
Name: Phyllostachys Bambusoides  Japanese Timber
Height: 72 ft / 22 m
Min. Temp: 5˚F / -15˚C
This timber bamboo can grow to be 72ft and 6" in diameter! It is truly a giant bamboo. However, it isn't as cold hardy as other bamboos. Make sure to give this bamboo plenty of room to grow. It has been recorded to grow 47.6 inches in one day in a mature grove. That's just 0.4 inches shy of 4 feet. Wow! This is a common timber bamboo in Japan. The wood is strong, straight, and thick making it an ideal building bamboo. The shoots are slightly bitter when raw, but make acceptable food after boiling.
Name: Phyllostachys Bissetti
Height: 40 ft / 12.2 m
Min. Temp: -15˚F / -26˚C
This is a fast grower and can establish a grove quickly. It is an excellent choice for a hedge or screen. It can grow up to 2" in diameter and is cold hardy. This plant likes full sun and the early season shoots can be harvested.
Name: Phyllostachys Dulcis  Sweetshoot
Height: 40 ft / 12.2 m
Min. Temp: 0˚F / -18˚C
This bamboo gets its name from its mild tasting shoots. It can grow to be 2.75" in diameter and grows fast. The shoots are excellent table fare. The wood quality of this bamboo is not as good as others but the taste will make up for this. Plant this bamboo in a full sun location in open spaces.
Name: Phyllostachys Nigra  Black
Height: 55 ft / 16.8 m
Min. Temp: 0˚F / -18˚C
This is a beautiful ornamental bamboo that will turn black as it ages. The black culms make this plant very distinctive and attractive. This plant will make a very good bamboo for furniture and crafts as it retains its black color after being cut. The canes can grow to 3.25" with thin but hard walls. This bamboo is prized in China and Japan as an ornamental. The shoots are edible and make a good table addition.
Name: Phyllostachys Nigra var. Henonis  Henon
Height: 65 ft / 19.8 m
Min. Temp: -5˚F / -21˚C
This bamboo grows much larger than Phyllostachys Nigra (Black). It can grow to a diameter of 5" and can withstand colder temperatures. This bamboo has thicker culm walls than black. This is a wonderful bamboo for landscaping and is drought tolerant. It is also a great choice for commercial applications. The shoots are good to eat after boiling as they are slightly bitter when raw.
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