Gardens Bamboo Nursery is the first tropical bamboo nursery in Puerto Rico.
In order to serve local farmers and bamboo growers, I am offering the
species listed below. The main species currently in demand are Dendrocalamus strictus
(all purpose, for living fences) and Guadua
angustifolia (for construction). Below this list,
you will find additional species that can be ordered.
are local, I do not ship bamboo. Please inquire about prices. Most specimen
are sold in 3 gallon containers.
Bambusa lako (Timor Black Bamboo)
From the Indonesian island of Timor. One
of the world’s most beautiful bamboos and a prized collector’s
species. Culms emerge green and mature to a shiny chocolate black,
with an almost purplish tint. Grows erect and arches at the top. Can
be planted either as a specimen/focal point, in a row along a
path/road/stream, or among other tropical foliage. Slightly open
clumper with very straight growth. 45' tall with 3-4" diameter
culms. Valuable for furniture and musical instruments. Shoots are
edible but not of high quality. Can be planted in full sun; ideal
windbreak (holds up very well in storms and even hurricanes). It's
disease and drought resistancy make it an ideal species for wide
propagation. Limited stock available in July 2014.
one of the few species that originates in South America and it is
very similar in quality to superior bamboos of South East Asia. This
species is ideal for use in heavy construction. It is an open
clumper, which means that it requires more ground space than many
other large species. It can grow up to 75 feet and a mature clump
looks quite impressive.
Guadua angustifolia is in high demand and will sell out fast, please make
your order on time. My Guadua stock for 2013 is almost depleted.
Dendrocalamus asper, green &
to Indonesia, cultivated throughout Asia. Grows to 75 feet, with
a diameter of 5 to 8 inches. One of the best timber bamboos
existing. Used for construction as well as for its high quality edible
shoots. New shoots look spectacular. My stock of the green type is
grown from Indonesian seeds of some of the best clones available
there. My black D. asper
"betung hitam" is propagated vegetatively.
specimen of the green D.
asper will be available by
September of 2013, and the stock is very
Guadua velutina (Guadua)
Native to Central
and South America. This rare Guadua species is commonly used for
high quality, heavy construction; it can can reach up to 50
feet and has a culm diameter of 4 inches.
A limited amount of specimen will be
available in May 2014.
Schyzostachyum brachycladum (Sacred Bali Bamboo)
One of the most striking bamboo species
existing. Golden-yellow with vertical green stripes.
Its primary use is decorative - it
makes a beautiful center piece in any landscaping arrangement
- and as a source of large amounts of organic matter (fallen
leaves). It is also ideal for erosion control. This species is too
thin-walled for construction but one can make woven ropes out
of split and pounded culms. 35 feet with 2
stock available now!
Dendrocalamus strictus (Male Bamboo)
Origin: India. This
species grows in a very tight clump, up to 45 feet with a 2.5 – 3 inch
diameter. D. strictus is a very popular
structural bamboo in India (it covers over 50% of all bamboo grown
there), and it is also used for pulp/paper production. It can be
grown under dry and wet conditions, in a variety of soils but it
does require good drainage.
strictus is often planted to reclaim ravine land in India. Its culms
are almost solid and thus very strong. Its tensile strength is close to
that of mild steel. Besides used in construction (where it is also becoming
increasingly used to reinforce concrete), it is also used for furniture and
musical instruments. The young shoots are edible, and a decoction of the
leaves and nodes is used for medicinal purpose.
D. strictus makes a good living fence and is the most affordable
species in my nursery. For this reason, it is high in demand and I need several
months time to propagate enough for a large order (50 specimen +).
Currently sold out; will be available again in June 2014.
Bambusa arnhemica (Australian Bamboo)
This interesting Australian species
usually has three culm colors in the same clump: green, yellow, and
a spectacular sunset orange. Its very thick-walled and of superior
structural quality. At the same time, it is highly ornamental and
doesn't take up much space - an open clumper that fits even
into residential properties.
It is highly resistant to termites,
and grows only to about 20 feet, with a 2 - 2.5
inch diameter. Highly
Available by September
Thyrsostachys siamensis (Monastery Bamboo)
Originates in Thailand. Coveted
collector's species because of its graceful appearance. High
quality structural bamboo with almost solid
culm walls. Even without treatment, harvested
culms often last for many years without deteriorating.
Grows very straight, lower part of
culms branchless. Very popular ornamental bamboo with edible
shoots, often planted to block out sound and view. Easy to grow
(full sun or light shade), ideal for erosion control. Grows up to 40
feet (but often remains lower, around 20-30 feet), with a
diameter of 3 inches. The culms are used to make tools.
Only a few specimen left. Back in stock
These additional species can be ordered in small
75', 5" diameter.
Origin: India. Good structural bamboo but requires lots of space and
is relatively difficult to harvest (because of it's horizontal branches).
30', 2.5" diameter. Beautiful,
ornamental species. Too thin-walled for construction but used for weaving
35', 2.5" diameter. Very attractive and rare species. Striped culms and
very beautiful shades of green. One of the best tropical landscape bamboos.
Useful for light construction.
25', 2" diameter. Very popular
species for hedges; due to its relatively small size, it is often planted
in gardens for its ornamental appearance. Cooked shoots are edible.
Commonly used for weaving, screens, handicrafts.
50', 4'' diameter. Very straight
growing species, extensively used to make furniture, but not suitable
for construction projects. High quality edible shoots. Often
used as windbreak.
45', 2.5" diameter. Very attractive
yellow-golden culms with cream stripes on the basal nodes. Commonly used
for light poles/rods, furniture and farm tool handles.
35', 2.5" diameter. Very important,
thick-walled and upright growing species with one of the highest tensile
strengths (40 000 psi). One of the most used smaller structural bamboos in
50', 2" diameter. There are two main
types of this species: a straight growing one, and one with swollen
internodes (known as Buddha's belly bamboo). Extensively used for
windbreaks and erosion control. Makes an impenetrable hedge. Shoots are
Small, ornamental species; grows well
in light shade, performs better in cooler (subtropical) regions than in wet
Similar like F. fungosa but slightly larger (up to
60', 6" diameter. One of my favorite
bamboo species. The culms turn orange-bronze with age if planted in full
sun or light shade. Often used for water pipes and general construction.
Edible shoots of high quality. Rare.
60', 4" diameter. This species is
used extensively in Indonesia for roof rafters. Split culms are used for
baskets or made into ropes. Cooked shoots are excellent.
60', 5" diameter. This magnificent
species is very fast growing and a classic in the bamboo world. Ideal for
construction and furniture, with high quality edible
30', 2.5" diameter. Mostly grown as an
ornamental. Cultivated in southern Yunnan, China. Culms are used for
furniture and light construction. Rare. Available: May 2013.
40', 4" diameter. Smaller, less
thorny relative of G. angustifolia. Highly
recommendable for construction but needs to be very well cured because
it appears to be more susceptible to insects than G. angustifolia
40', 4" diameter; Bright colored,
highly attractive culms with random green stripes and white nodal
rings, and variegated leaves. One of my favorite bamboo species (also
known as "moonlight bamboo"). Suitable for heavy
50', 3.5" diameter. Also known as
"berry bamboo" because of its large fruits. Although the fruit is
supposedly edible, I haven't been able to figure out yet how to eat it -
no matter at what stage I harvested the fruit, it was extremely hard. The
shoots are edible and the species is widely used for weaving (mats,
baskets, hats, etc.).
50', 4" diameter. This New Guinea
species is considered to be one of the best edible bamboos: the deliciously
sweet shoots can even be eaten raw. It is recognized by its drooping culm
tips, and although it requires relatively much water, it only grows well if
there is sufficient drainage.