Slender Weavers (Gracilis) is the only available bamboo that will grow to provide a screen up to 6-8 meters tall in 2-3 years.
There are other bamboos such as Bambusa oldhamii which grow to 15-20m and provide a great screen if you live on a farm or acreage.
Here are some examples of screens formed by Slender Weavers (Gracilis)
Starting from $55.00 per plant, which when you consider they are only 2 -3 years from reaching 6 meters tall and spanning 1 m at the crown, is excellent value for money
NO, absolutely not. We don’t, won’t and actually can’t sell the invasive Phyllostachys species and we don’t sell any of the other invasive bamboos. If you have a lot of room and you want to grow moso for shoot and timber then fine, no problem but planting running bamboo in a suburban backyard is going to be something you’ll regret, or someone else will, for a very long time.
We do believe the government should be consistent in their banning of running bamboos because it is only Phyllostachys spp. that are banned.
We recommend about 1 meter spacings. That way each plant gets more energy, nutrients, water and carbon dioxide and you actually end up with a thicker, taller screen sooner than putting them close together where they compete with each other well before they get to full height.
Less plants means a taller, nicer looking screen, sooner. Counterintuitive until you think about it and then it’s common sense. It isn’t a way for us to sell more plants though, please notice that.
Leave about 50-75cm at the ends because the end plants will easily cover that.
You may well find you don’t need as many as you think.
You can stretch them out further if you want, particularly if you can cut the tops off some of the new culms, to force longer branches out lower down, and then you don’t even notice the gaps.
Gracilis, or Slender Weavers as it’s commonly called really is a bamboo which will suit almost any suburban project
No, absolutely not, it is a tight clumping bamboo