Running bamboo can provide a serene privacy screen or a beautiful bamboo grove to walk through. Runners with easy maintenance can make a dense natural screen very effective in urban landscapes to provide privacy. They form very vertical privacy screens providing dense screening even in a narrow planting site.
Clumpers for screening purposes leave a lot to be desired as they are narrow at the base and weep over at the tops leaving huge gaps between each bamboo plantings. Below are photos of clumping bamboo planted in zone 8 during the early 1950's.
|This is an example of Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr' in climate zone 7. It generally comes back in the Spring if the winter is not too severe. Most of the U.S. is in a climate zone 7 or colder, so you can expect similar to worse results. The green bamboo in the background is temperate running bamboo. The trailer on the right if full of clumping bamboo. These were removed from a house in Highland Park. A high end suburb of Dallas, TX. They did fine for many years until one winter it stayed in the teens for a few days. The real questions with clumpers in marginal climate zones if not "if" they will die, it is "when" they will die. These were replaced with temperate running bamboo and the customer has been worry free ever since. If you desire an evergreen privacy screen, running bamboo is the best option.|
|The picture to the left clumping bamboo that was removed. It tends to grow tight at the bottom and expand at the top. The new growth occurs on the perimeter of the plant causing a fluming effect, leaving dead and older canes in the middle. Due to space constraints, this was an unwise choice for this application. It was removed and replaced with Phyllostachys Nigra Henon. A beautiful running bamboo that can be easily controlled with barrier.|
|Here, we are watering the bamboo after the job was completed. The bamboo is installed and worry free. This will provide a excellent privacy screen and will add another element of beauty to this amazing home.|