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Big bamboo plants are ideal for customer wanting an immediate screen or impact in their landscape.

These large divisions are delivered personally by our company. The minimum delivery order is $1200.

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15 gallon sizes range from 8'-14' tall - $80-$125, see below.
30 gallon sizes range from 15'-25' tall - $250 each.
45/65 gallon sizes range from 25'-35' tall -$490 each.

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Phyllostachys rubromarginata 'Red Margin'
Multiple cane 15 gallon containerized, 8 to 14 feet tall
$90 each.  
Phyllostachys aurea 'Golden'
Multiple cane 15 gallon containerized, 8 to 14 feet tall $80 each. GREAT BUY
Phyllostachys nigra 'Black' 
Multiple cane 15 gallon containerized 8 to 14 feet tall. $125 each. GREAT BUY
Phyllostachys viridis 'Pigskin'
 $90 each, 8 to 14 feet tall.
Phyllostachys nigra Henon 'Giant Gray'
Multiple cane 15 gallon containerized, 8 to 14 feet tall $125 each.
Phyllostachys edulis, Moso
15 gallon containerized, 8 to 14 feet tall $125 each.
Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Yellow Groove'
15 gallon containerized, 8 to 14 feet tall. $90 each.
Phyllostachys bissetii
15 gallon containerized, 8 to 14 feet tall. $95 each
Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Slender Crookstem'
 15 gallon containerized, 8 to 14 feet tall. $90 each.
Phyllostachys viridis 'Robert Young'
15 gallon containerized,8 to 14 feet tall. $125 each

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Species Name:Phyllostachys Rubromarginata
Common Name:'Red Margin'
These large divisions for $90 each. This species will average 8 to 14 feet in height and weight around 75 pounds each. This is the best screening species in a climate zone 6. You can see it pictured on the right side of this drive.
The picture to the right depicts some typical 15 gallon sizes of the Rubromarginata. For the past 10 years Red Margin has been our number one selling bamboo for our mail order customers. That tells you it is unmatched for a number of reasons.
It ranks very high in wood quality for hardness and straightness. It handles a variety of soil conditions and does better than any of our species in windy sites. Across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio it has reached 35 feet in height and near 3 inches in diameter. In the warm south it has been measured at over 60 feet in height. The further north you go the shorter it grows in height, but produces a thick grove of privacy. It is one of the few that does well in shaded or poorly drained planting sites where others struggle to survive.
In zone 5 we have customers reporting that it has retained 80% of its winter foliage at -12 degrees F. An extensive government study done by the University of Auburn agriculture department showed it to be superior in culm/rhizome production. The university tested twenty seven species over a thirty year period and found it is dramatically superior over the other bamboo tested in the genus. We have found this species to be a healthy and strong grower. It is one of the best species if you want to have a bamboo grove or screen fast.

In USDA Climate Zone 7, expect mature canes to be over 50 feet in height.
In USDA Climate Zone 6, expect mature canes to be over 20 to 30 feet in height.
In USDA Climate Zone 5, expect mature canes to be over 12 to 18 feet in height.

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Species Name:Phyllostachys Aurea
Common Name:'Golden Bamboo'

For a limited time, the 15 gallon size 8'-14' are $80 each and the 30 gallon size 15'-25' are $200 each.
This remains one of our best screening bamboo and is cold hardy to 0 degrees F. 'Golden' can reach mature sizes of over 30 feet in height by 2 inches in diameter here in the Southeastern U.S.
Golden BambooWe can custom dig tall specimens of this species in excess of 25 foot height. The prices on these will be determined by several factors such as number of canes, root ball weight and total height custom ordered.


In USDA Climate Zone 7, expect mature canes to be over 30 feet in height.
In USDA Climate Zone 6, expect mature canes to be over 16 feet in height.
Not recommended for colder climates.

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Species Name:Phyllostachys Nigra
Common Name:'Black Bamboo'

We currently offer this highly sought after ornamental bamboo for $125 each. These will average 8 to 14 feet in height. Below are several photos of our 'Black' holding area with 15 gallon sizes available.
Black Bamboo
Below 'Black' in 30 gallon size containers weighing over 200 pounds each. When available these 30 gallon sizes are $450 each and will be 15'-20+'.
The legendary 'Black' bamboo is native to Taiwan and China. In 1827, it became the first hardy oriental bamboo to ramble in Western soil. It is top hardy to -4 degrees F. The new canes emerge emerald green each Spring and then turn to an ebony black within two years. Under good conditions this species will be producing many one and two inch diameter canes in under five years. Small orders of these large containers can be picked up here at our nursery.
In USDA Climate Zone 7, expect mature canes to be over 30 feet in height.
In USDA Climate Zone 6, expect mature canes to be over 12 feet in height with some top damage during extreme winters.
Not recommended for colder climates.

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Species Name:Phyllostachys Viridis
Common Name:'Pigskin Bamboo'
Currently we are offering specimens in the 8 to 14 foot height range for $90 each. 30 gallon sizes 15'-25' are available for $200 each.
Over the year we have dug and delivered some giant divisions of this great bamboo. These sizes contributed to the herniation of two lumbar disc for which Roger Sr. had surgery on in 2005.

 Above show some 200 plus pound root balls that went down to the University of Alabama area.

One of our fastest species of bamboo to size up. Under good conditions this species will be producing many 3 inch diameter canes in under five years. This species is evergreen and cold hardy to -5 degrees F. Foliage turns a beautiful golden during the late summer and remains that way until the following Spring when new green leaves appear. It can reach maximum sizes of 47 feet in height by 3.25 inches in diameter.
In USDA Climate Zone 7, expect mature canes to be over 45 feet in height.
In USDA Climate Zone 6, expect mature canes to be over 20 feet in height with top damage during extreme winters.
Not recommended for colder climates.

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Species Name:Phyllostachys Nigra 'Henon'
Common Name:'Giant Gray'
This large timber bamboo is the "mother" form of P. nigra 'Black' bamboo. We have sold and done follow up studies on 'Giant Gray' in several areas of the country. It has adapted well and reached over 3 inches diameter canes in USDA Climate Zone 6. In Cherokee, North Carolina it has reached almost mature sizes in the & past 10 years. Giant Gray is growing well in Las Vegas, Nevada and even the Mirage Hotel is growing this beautiful bamboo and in 2005 it had reached 1.5 inch diameter by 24 feet in height.
We have some great 15 gallon sizes as shown above for $125 each. These have several canes and are in the 8 to 14 foot height range.
This true giant is beautiful and reaches large sizes in 5 to 8 years.. This species is evergreen and is cold hardy to at least 0 degrees F. It can reach maximum sizes of 65 feet in height by 4.5 inches in diameter.
Above and below are 30 gallon sizes. The 30 gallon sizes range from 15 to 20 feet in height and are $450 each.

In September 2006, Harper Lewis shows the size of 30 gallon plants.


In USDA Climate Zone 7, expect mature canes to be over 60 feet in height.
In USDA Climate Zone 6, expect mature canes to be over 40 feet in height.
In USDA Climate Zone 5 it is being grown to around 18 feet with moderate top damage during winter months.

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Species Name:Phyllostachys Edulis
Common Name:'Moso'
Phyllostachys 'Moso'
Moso is the largest temperate bamboo on Earth. It can attain a size of 75' tall and 7" in diameter. It is the bamboo commonly sourced for flooring, lumber, paper, paper products (cups and plates), fiber for clothing, charcoal, biomass, etc.
We have excellent supplies of this bamboo.
15 gallon sizes are typically $125 each and the 30 gallon sizes are $450 each. Quantities discounts can be arranged.
In USDA Climate Zone 7 & 8 east of Texas, expect mature canes to be over 70 feet in height.
In USDA Climate Zone 6 & west of Louisiana, expect mature canes to be over 30 feet in height.
Not recommended for climate zone 5 and colder.

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Species Name:Phyllostachys Aureosulcata
Common Name:'Yellow Groove'
These are $90 each. Our 3 gallon
sizes are $50. For $30 more you get 5 times the size of your starter division. One of our top picks for cold areas in need of privacy screening. We have customers growing this bamboo all over North America in areas such as Butte, Montana and parts of Minnesota.

 
Yellow Groove is from Jiangsu and Zhejiang in east China and has been in the U.S. close to 100 years now. It is doing very well in the Missouri Botanical Gardens, University of Minnesota Arboretum, Logan, Iowa and Grand Island, Nebraska. One of our customers in zone 3b/4a where temperatures have dropped to -30 degrees F. told us his dies back each Winter and in the Spring puts up new canes in the 6 to 8 foot height range from his 5 year old planting.
Roger Jr. and Dad in late 1990's.

At the Denver Zoo, elevation 5000 climate zone 5, their planting of Yellow Groove after 12 years maintains a 10 to 12 foot height X .75 inch diameter. This is most likely the mature size for Yellow Groove at their elevation in a zone 5 location.

Under good conditions this species will be producing many 2 inch diameter canes in under five years. This species is evergreen and cold hardy to -15 degrees F. Larger sizes can be custom ordered, the price is determined by height and number of canes. The 15 gallon sizes are 8'-14' tall. The 30 gallon sizes are 15'-25' tall.
Phyllostachys aureosulcata
In USDA Climate Zone 7, expect mature canes to be over 40 feet in height.
In USDA Climate Zone 6, expect mature canes to be over 18 feet in height.
In USDA Climate Zone 5, expect mature canes to be over 12 to 14 feet in height.

Species Name:Phyllostachys Bissetii
Common Name:'Bissetii'
Phyllostachys bissetiiThese are $95 each. These plants will be in the 8 to 14 foot height range. This species is perfect for privacy screening in the 12 to 18 foot height range. It is a vigorous grower with dark gray green canes.

This one likes most any
 site and will grow in a wide variety of soil conditions. The wind doesn't bother it at all. Our personal customers report this one does better than P. Nuda the 'most cold hardy' temperate bamboo. Foliage handles wind chill factors much  better than Nuda.
Phyllostachys bissetii
BissetiiThe picture to the lefts show some 15 gallon sizes of Bissetii.

It grows in the coldest areas of zone 5
 and is hardy to -15 degrees F. At the Denver Zoo, elevation 5000 feet, 12 years after planting it produces 12 feet high canes each Spring. This is most likely & the mature size for bissetii at their zone 5 location.
Photo to the right shows bissetii running along both sides of this road. Note the shorter mature height of this bamboo in this colder zone 5 location. Perfect for cooler climate zone for applications under power lines or anywhere there are height restrictions.
In USDA Climate Zone 7, expect mature canes to be over 30 feet in height.
In USDA Climate Zone 6, expect mature canes to be over 18 feet in height.
In USDA Climate Zone 5, expect mature canes to be over 12 feet in height.
In USDA Climate Zone 4, expect mature canes to be over 8 feet in height.


Species Name:Phyllostachys Bambusoides 'Slender Crookstem'
Common Name:'Slender Crookstem'
We can provide these in the 8 to 14 foot height range at $90 each. One of our best picks for bamboo privacy screening. This bamboo is great for those needing a tall privacy screen.
This bamboo can attain a height of 55 feet and right at 4 inches in diameter in the Southeast. Excellent wood qualities and great species for use in bamboo plantations for wood, pulp, fiber, etc. It has the same great wood qualities as some of the largest bamboo, such as typical Bambusoides or Moso. However, it is a vigorous grower and capable of producing at a much faster rate.
This planting above is 4 years old and has hundreds of 18 foot canes. Note how canes under 2 inch diameter have full foliage nearly to ground level. This provides excellent privacy screening with this giant timber bamboo.
In USDA Climate Zone 7, expect mature canes to be over 50 feet in height.
In USDA Climate Zone 6, expect mature canes to be over 12 to 18 feet in height.
Not Recommended for climate zone 5 and colder


Species Name:Phyllostachys Viridis 'Robert Young'
Common Name:'Robert Young'
Phyllostachys viridis 'Robert Young'This species matures at 45' and 3" in diameter. This is one of our best picks for people wanting big bamboo fast. It is an impressive bamboo that emerges sulfur green and quickly turns into this beautiful gold color. But this species doesn't stop there. It has random green stripes of variable width all up and down the canes. It is also a species that can produce mature canes in a relatively small space.
Robert Young bambooYellow Bamboo
This bamboo usually captures the attention of all customers that come out. It is a very striking bamboo. Most all of the canes have a gentle bend that gives it a graceful appearance.
In USDA Climate Zone 7, expect mature canes to be over 45 feet in height.
In USDA Climate Zone 6, expect mature canes to be over 20 to 30 feet in height.
Not recommended for climates zones 5 and colder.
  
If any of the above stock is sold out we can custom dig your order. Allow 4 to 6 weeks for custom dug orders since the bamboo would be freshly dug and needs a little time for us to baby it. Phyllostachys Aurea

Above are 30 gallon containers for your viewing as you enter Lewis Bamboo. Along this area we usually keep several 30 gallon sizes of around 20 species for customers to look at.  Species such as 'Black', 'Koi', 'Tanakae', 'Spectabilis', 'Aureocaulis', 'Giant Gray', 'Bory', 'Megurochiku', Flexuosa and others  are currently on display.


Harper Lewis checks out a 45 gallon container of Giant Gray Henon.
Everyone needs a pot of bamboo, maybe not as big as the one shown below. This is a 65 gallon container of P. nigra Henon 'Giant Gray' which can grow over 65 feet tall. This size container weight is around 500 pound.
30 gallon size of 'giant Gray' removed from the container with a can for perspective.
Giant Gray
30 gallon containers of Pseudosasa japonica  'Tsutsumiana' 'Green Onion' bamboo.
Our average size field specimen will be 8 to 14 feet tall. It will have a 60 to 100 pound root ball. The height and weight vary on each bamboo, this all  depends on the species and the length of time the division has been containerized.
If you would like to have a large order delivered please see our delivery cost listed on this page.  Small orders  (under $1200.00) of these large sizes can be picked up here at our nursery.  Delivery within 50 miles radius is free. We have created an easy chart based on mileage and weight limits. We decline to ship commercial freight.  In the past our valuable products were  mishandled by large trucking companies so we personally deliver our bamboo now. We have some divisions over 30 feet in height with root balls weighing over 500 pounds. These are some big bamboo.
The normal 15 gallon sizes will be from 8 to 14 feet in height range and are our standard Field Specimen Size. These will have root balls in the 18 to 24 inch range and from 60 to 100 pounds.  Each division will be in burlap and ready to plant. These plants will provide you with instant beauty of a privacy screen or jump start a grove. We carefully hand dig each field division finding the main or mother rhizome (root). The more of this mother rhizome we get, the more buds your bamboo will have, therefore producing many new canes the following year.
Many growers go the easy way and use large mechanical diggers which damage the bamboo. We treat your bamboo like we were digging it for ourselves. Carefully digging and lifting each big bamboo by hand. Newly dug divisions are watered daily and are usually ready for transport or potted into inventory in 4 to 6 weeks. We transport these large field divisions and do not use commercial trucking. We have seen the way plants are treated by some freight lines and will not expose our bamboo to that type of transport. If you would like to see many photos of how we baby our large field divisions, just click here to visit our new page.  Click here to go to Our Bamboo News You are welcome to make an appointment and pick up your large bamboo at our nursery.

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