Below is a list of our top bamboo choices for decorative planters.  The Bambusas are all subtropical varieties and may need to be brought indoors or given protection from freezing temperatures.  Minimum temperatures for each bamboo are listed with the description for that bamboo.  Remember that bamboo in a container will not be as cold- hardy as the same bamboo planted in the ground.  Also, keep in mind that the minimum temperatures listed are the minimum temps to which a given bamboo will remain evergreen.  Often, when temperatures drop below the minimum for a given bamboo, the bamboo will partially or completely defoliate and will recover with the warming spring temperatures.

For a potted bamboo that will remain outdoors through the winter, we recommend using one of the more cold-hardy running bamboos.  Keep in mind, though, that you will need to periodically check the drain holes of the container and clip any rhizome that is trying to escape and root into the ground.  Rhizome growth generally commences just after the spring shoots have filled out and continues through the fall and even winter for some species planted in warmer climates.

Bambusa multiplex ‘Golden Goddess’
Bambusa textilis (All varieties)
Bambusa vulgaris ‘Wamin’
Bambusa vulgaris ‘Vittata’
Bambusa oldhamii
Hibanobambusa tranquillans ‘Shroshima’
Indocalamus tessellatus
Phyllostachys aureosulcata ‘Spectabilis’
Phyllostachys nigra
Phyllostachys vivax ‘Aureocaulis’  (generally better for larger planters)
Pseudosasa japonica
Pseudosasa japonica ‘Tsutsumiana’
Sasaella masamuneana ‘Albostriata’

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