While bamboo is a tropical grass, many different varieties have appeared in the continental United States, particularly in regions not known for being tropical. While bamboo is readily available in swampy, tropical zones of Florida, bamboo is found all over the southern states.
The bamboo variety that is popular in the southern states is commonly known as the fishing pole bamboo, or Golden Bamboo. It’s golden colored stalks and leaves lend to its name, as well as the fact that in the south, Golden Bamboo is used for fishing poles. There can be no doubt that Golden Bamboo has been responsible for a majority of fish caught in the southern United States.
Golden Bamboo can grow up to thirty feet tall, a mid size variety compared to its cousins. The first bamboo cultivated within American borders, tobacco farmers to prevent wind erosion on their crops utilized Golden Bamboo. Golden Bamboos strength and durability made it a fine choice to block wind from crops.
Japanese timber bamboo is one of the most common types of bamboo around. Its strong durability makes Japanese timber bamboo a great candidate for larger projects. It is the variety most commonly utilized in construction, from home construction to erosion prevention. The timber bamboo is also quite a delicacy, offering a very nutritious and delicious addition to any meal.
Yet it is the Moso bamboo that is the most commercially used type of bamboo. It is used in everything from paper products to home construction to landscaping. Moso can grow upwards of 80 feet tall, three to seven inches in diameter and has a beautiful shade of green to it. Moso is the most common type of bamboo growing in the forests of China today. It bends and sways into arches, creating beautiful topography within any landscapes, and makes Moso the most prized foliage in China.
If you have seen thick growing bamboo at your local restaurant or hotel, you have probably seen the variety called Robert Young bamboo. With its density, Robert Young bamboo makes for a perfect privacy fence for backyards, pool areas, or any areas where you just do not want anyone peeking in.
This ornamental variety is commonly used to landscape, as it can grow two to five inches in diameter and upwards to fifty feet. It allows maximum coverage for minimum area, just in case you do not want your neighbors spying on you!
There are many types of bamboo available, 1,500 different species to be exact and only 700 varieties being utilized in the commercial industry today. Whether you are planting bamboo to prevent soil and wind erosion from the elements, landscaping your new backyard, or trying to protect the privacy of your business, there is a bamboo that can assist you in your endeavors.
Most bamboos have become resilient in the American climate, just so long as you remember to water them! It is advisable for you to do as much research as you possibly can on bamboo before planting any on your land. You need to understand the species, its needs and its growing patterns prior to planting, to ensure you have enough room for your bamboo to grow.
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