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Pacific Northwest Gardening: anyone growing bambusa lako in northern CA?

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Oakland, CA

March 28, 2011
3:03 PM

Post #8456595

hello new friends--
i'm brand spankin new (as an official subscriber-member) to Dave's, so this is exciting and fun!!!
i would like to mail order and grow some bambusa lako---giant, clumping, black timber bamboo (an uber-beauty!) but the nursery (in florida) says it will grow in minimum zone 9b in the u.s. i'm in the SF Bay Area, east bay, in west oakland. when i enter my zipcode in a search engine for usda zones, it comes up as 8b. i'm in sunset zone 17.
now, i am very spoiled living and gardening here--we can grow almost anything, including a lot of tropicals. so i'm wondering if anyone around here is growing it, despite where they say you can grow it.
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 28, 2011
3:16 PM

Post #8456623

Welcome Cookie Cat! Sorry, I have very little bamboo experience, although I do admire it. Someone will chime in.
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

March 29, 2011
12:58 PM

Post #8458687

My welcome, too, Cookiecat. The local member who I am aware knows a lot about bamboo is Azorina. I will let her know about your thread in case she doesn't discover it, and hope she might have some input for you.
Vancouver, WA
(Zone 8a)

April 2, 2011
12:15 AM

Post #8466283

Welcome! You're two of my favorite things all rolled into one-cookies & cats! (lol)

Here's an absolutely fabulous Bamboo nursery here in the Portland area that specializes in hardy bamboos-if it's hardy here, it'll be hardy in Oakland. :) He's very, very knowledgeable. I don't know if you'd want to mail order it, but the site has tons of good info on the various bamboos:
Vancouver, WA
(Zone 8a)

April 2, 2011
12:28 AM

Post #8466289

I just looked up the Lako-wow, is that ever beautiful!!!
Hiouchi, CA
(Zone 8b)

April 3, 2011
11:16 AM

Post #8468963

you might reconsider and try Phyllostachys nigra
not as impressive as bambusa lako but does get nice and black & is more hardy and will do fine where you are
just know it is a runner and plant accordingly
when they say minimum is 9b you have to realize that is almost 10a = very close to tropical - can you grow bananas ?
and if you are zone 8 it would be questionable
you were to put it next to a wall or in a protected area like a court yard
try this zone checker


(Linda)Gig Harbor, WA
(Zone 8a)

April 4, 2011
9:52 PM

Post #8472781

Cookiecat- I have 23 varieties of bamboo but none as spectacular as bambusa lako. Another reason to move south!! Good advice from Strever! Phyllostachys nigra is a nice looking bamboo that I use most often for trellising, staking and other garden projects, (although puny by comparison)

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