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Clinton Inc Bamboo Growers
12260 1st Ave S
Burien, WA 98168-2014
U.S.A.
206-242-8848
Erika Harris, Vance Allen, Lee Gartner

www.clintonbamboo.com
Display gardens, local delivery. 65+ cold hardy bamboo species, hostas, ornamental grasses, palms, carnivorous plants, ferns.

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Clumper/Runner
ArundinariaGenus of small to medium size hardy running bamboos, with numerous branches at each node and persistent culm sheaths. New shoots in spring. Native to the US only. All other species should be moved to different genera.
Arundinaria
gigantea
'Macon'
MACON RIVERCANE 20.00 1.00 -22 5 More upright and hardier than the species; reported to stay evergreen with little leaf burn.   Sources Photos
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Runner
BashaniaGenus of medium size Chinese running bamboos.
Bashania
fargesii
  20.00 2.00 5 4 Native to the mountains of China. Leaves up to a foot long.   Sources Photos
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Runner
BorindaClump-forming mountain bamboos from Bhutan, Tibet, Yunnan, & Sichuan, with different flowers to Fargesia and shorter rhizomes than Yushania. Culms usually blue at first, usually with very fine grooves..
Borinda
angustissima
  18.00 0.80 10 3 From Sichuan. Arching culms with white powder and purple sheaths at first, and narrow leaves. Was listed as Fargesia. Fargesia angustissima Sources Photos
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Clumper
ChimonobambusaMedium size running bamboos, often with raised, sometimes thorny nodes, or quadrangular culms, initiating new shoots in the fall or winter, or early spring hence "Winter bamboos".
Chimonobambusa
marmorea
MARBLED BAMBOO 6.00 0.50 15 3 New shoots and culm leaves are marbled with cream and purple. The almost solid culms turn dark purple.   Sources Photos
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Runner
Chimonobambusa
marmorea
'Variegata'
  6.00 0.50 16 3 Same, except the leaves have narrow white stripes.   Sources Photos
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Runner
Chimonobambusa
tumidissinoda
Walking stick 20.00 1.30 10 4 A rare Chinese bamboo noted for its inflated culm nodes. Used for walking sticks in Sichuan, and highly prized for dried shoots. Qiongzhuea tumidissinoda Sources Photos
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Runner
ChusqueaA genus of C & S American bamboos that contains 134 described species, and possibly another 70 yet to be described. They are mostly clumping mountain bamboos, but some are runners. The solid culms usually bear one dominant branch and numerous branchlets.
Chusquea
culeou
  15.00 1.00 0 5 Hardy clumper, from southern Chile, long cultivated in Europe. Has many branches per node, all equal size. Many different clones available of varying hardiness and form.   Sources Photos
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Clumper
Chusquea
gigantea
  25.00 1.50 0 5 Shoots red, culms light and dark green. Closely allied to C. culeou. Many branches per node, one to three thicker and very long. An “open clumper.” Has been sold as C. breviglumis. Chusquea breviglumis Sources Photos
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Clumper
FargesiaClumping bamboos from the alpine conifer forests of west and southwest China. Medium to small and all very cold hardy, but not tolerant of very high summer temperatures. Flowers like toothbrushes. Culms smooth.
Fargesia
apicirubens
RED-TIPPED BAMBOO 16.00 0.80 -5 3 Native to China at elevations over 6,000 feet. A new species previously misidentified as F. dracocephala. Fargesia dracocephala Sources Photos
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Clumper
Fargesia
dracocephala
'Rufa'
  10.00 0.50 -10 2 From Sichuan. Early shoots. Also known as Gansu 95-1. Close to the description of the real F. dracocephala. Fargesia sp. 'rufa' Sources Photos
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Clumper
Fargesia
murieliae
UMBRELLA BAMBOO 15.00 0.50 -15 2 Similar to F. nitida but with green culms. May be the hardiest bamboo in the U.S. Grows at above 10,000 feet in China, important panda food.   Sources Photos
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Clumper
Fargesia
nitida
FOUNTAIN BAMBOO 12.00 0.50 -15 2 Upright culms with thick grey deciduous wax when young, may become nearly black. Sheaths orange-ribbed. First introduced as seed in 1889, from which many cultivars named. Those plants currently starting a protracted flowering phase and probably all about   Sources Photos
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Clumper
Fargesia
nitida
'Jiuzhaigou 01'
  12.00 0.50 -15 2 New introduction. A clone from Jiuzhaigou Reserve with Red Culms.   Sources Photos
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Fargesia
nitida
'Jiuzhaigou'
  12.00 0.50 -15 2 New introductions. Several new seedling clones from Jiuzhaigou Reserve.   Sources Photos
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Fargesia
robusta
  16.00 1.00 0 4 From Sichuan Province, China, at elevations over 8,000 feet.Early shoots.   Sources Photos
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Fargesia
robusta
'Campbell'
  12.00 U 0 U Upright form with small leaves   Sources Photos
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Fargesia
robusta
'Wolong'
  17.00 1.00 0 4 Collected in Wolong, Sichuan in 1996. More vigorous, with larger leaves. Bamboo 23: 16. 2002.   Sources Photos
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Clumper
Fargesia
sp.
'Scabrida'
  U U -5 4 From Pingwu, Sichuan. Orange sheaths as F. dracocephala 'Rufa' but with more culm wax. Not F. scabrida.   Sources Photos
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Fargesia
utilis
TUNGCHUAN #3 13.00 0.50 0 4 From Yunnan, culms curve upwards with pendulous cascading foliage. May be Borinda but flowers unknown.   Sources Photos
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HibanobambusaA running genus from Japan once thought to be a natural bigeneric hybrid between Sasa veitchii and Phyllostachys nigra 'Henon', but with little evidence to support that idea.
Hibanobambusa
tranquillans
'Shiroshima'
  16.00 1.30 3 4 This form has strikingly attractive leaves variegated in cream and green. The colors persist throughout the year.   Sources Photos
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Runner
IndocalamusSmall, running bamboos from China with large, broad leaves; similar to Sasa but with non-prominent culm nodes.
Indocalamus
tessellatus
Big Leaf 7.00 0.50 -10 4 Usually less than 4 feet tall, it can reach 10ft and has the largest leaves of any bamboo in cultivation, up to 26 inches by 5 inches. Adapts easily to growing in pots. Does well in shade or sun.   Sources Photos
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Runner
PhyllostachysMedium to giant runners which have a distinct groove above pairs of unequal branches at mid-culm nodes. They shoot in spring.
Phyllostachys
atrovaginata
INCENSE BAMBOO 35.00 2.80 -5 5 The shoots are among those having the least bite when raw. These plants were formerly listed as P. congesta. Phyllostachys congesta Sources Photos
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Runner
Phyllostachys
aurea
GOLDEN, FISHPOLE BAMBOO 27.00 1.80 5 5 The most commonly cultivated bamboo in the U.S., easily identified by one to several short internodes at the base of some of its culms. It is most invasive in areas with warm summers. Culm may grow to 3 inches diameter in favorable conditions.   Sources Photos
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Runner
Phyllostachys
aurea
'Flavescens-inversa'
  27.00 1.80 5 5 The green culms have a pale yellow groove.   Sources Photos
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Phyllostachys
aurea
'Holochrysa'
GOLDEN GOLDEN 27.00 1.80 5 5 Unlike the typical form whose culms stay green until old, these culms soon turn yellow, then golden orange.   Sources Photos
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Runner
Phyllostachys
aurea
'Koi'
  27.00 1.80 5 5 The culms turn from green to yellow after the first 6 months, but the culm grooves remain green.   Sources Photos
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Runner
Phyllostachys
aureosulcata
Yellow Groove 45.00 2.20 -5 5 The culms are more slender and delicate than golden bamboo; young culms are green with a yellow groove. Culm internodes distinctly rough to the touch when young, and an occasional culm has a zigzag kink.   Sources Photos
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Runner
Phyllostachys
aureosulcata
'Alata'
  30.00 2.00 -5 5 Similar to the above, but with a green groove. Culms grow larger and are often markedly zigzag. Probably synonymous with P. aureosulcata 'Pekinensis'.   Sources Photos
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Runner
Phyllostachys
aureosulcata
'Aureocaulis'
  26.00 1.50 -5 5 Culms are entirely yellow except for a few vertical green stripes.   Sources Photos
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Phyllostachys
aureosulcata
'Spectabilis'
Green groove 26.00 1.50 -5 5 The culms are yellow with a green groove, just opposite of the typical form. Smaller in hottest areas.   Sources Photos
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Runner
Phyllostachys
bambusoides
GIANT JAPANESE TIMBER, MADAKE 72.00 6.00 5 5 The most utilized bamboo in Japan where it is valued for its large straight thick-walled culms. Flowered extensively in the 1970’s and many plants died. Most plants have regained their vegetative vigor.   Sources Photos
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Phyllostachys
bissetii
  40.00 2.00 -10 5 A vigorously growing species whose culms are somewhat darker green than 'golden bamboo'. It is one of the first species of the genus to shoot in the spring.   Sources Photos
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Runner
Phyllostachys
dulcis
Sweetshoot bamboo 40.00 3.20 0 5 Arching culms. Named because its shoots are particularly free of any acrid taste.   Sources Photos
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Runner
Phyllostachys
edulis
MOSO 75.00 7.00 5 5 Largest of the hardy bamboos. Young culms are covered with a velvety coat of soft hairs. The most used bamboo in China, used for food , timber, paper, plywood, and flooring. Phyllostachys heterocycla pubescens Sources Photos
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Runner
Phyllostachys
heteroclada
WATER BAMBOO 33.00 1.50 -11 5 Larger, more erect, and less zigzag than P. h. 'Purpurata'. Phyllostachys purpurata 'Straightstem' Sources Photos
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Runner
Phyllostachys
heteroclada
'Purpurata'
  18.00 0.80 5 5 The slender, zigzag culms often bend to the ground under the weight of rain or in a strong wind. Air channels in rhizomes permit growth in wet locations. Phyllostachys purpurata Sources Photos
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Runner
Phyllostachys
humilis
  20.00 1.00 3 5 One of the smallest members of the genus, it is widely cultivated in Japan. Culms darken with age.   Sources Photos
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Runner
Phyllostachys
nigra
Black bamboo 30.00 2.00 5 5 Culms turn jet black after the first 6 months to one year. Popular because of its graceful habit and the sharp accent of its culm color. Said to grow larger in northern climates. It is not clear whether there is significant difference between some of the cultivars   Sources Photos
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Phyllostachys
nigra
'Bory'
Snakeskin 50.00 3.00 0 5 Differs from P. nigra by growing larger. Culms blotched with black, never completely black.   Sources Photos
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Phyllostachys
nigra
'Hale'
  20.00 1.50 0 4 Similar to the type, but smaller and hardier. Culms turn black almost immediately.   Sources Photos
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Phyllostachys
nigra
'Henon'
  65.00 3.50 0 5 Culms totally green, usually much larger than Black bamboo.Distinctive culms are rough to the touch and whitish green.   Sources Photos
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Phyllostachys
nigra
'Megurochiku'
  54.00 3.50 3 5 Green, similar to 'Henon' but the culm grooves are brown or purplish-black.   Sources Photos
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Phyllostachys
nigra
'Shimadake'
  54.00 3.50 0 5 Similar to Henon but with occasional brown vertical stripes on the culm after the first year.   Sources Photos
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Runner
Phyllostachys
nuda
  34.00 1.80 -10 5 Reputed to be the hardiest species of the genus. New culms are dark green and powdery.   Sources Photos
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Runner
Phyllostachys
violascens
  20.00 2.00 0 5 Culms blackish-violet at first, sometimes striped with violet. Sheaths deep purple.   Sources Photos
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Runner
Phyllostachys
viridis
'Robert Young'
  40.00 3.00 5 5 The culms and branches soon turn from sulfur green to old gold. Longitudinal green stripes of variable width mark many internodes.   Sources Photos
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Runner
Phyllostachys
vivax
Vivax 70.00 5.00 5 5 Resembles P. bambusoides except that the culms have thinner walls and a white powdery band beneath each node at sheath-fall. Gray-green when mature.   Sources Photos
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Phyllostachys
vivax
'Aureocaulis'
  70.00 5.00 5 5 The culms turn yellow with a few narrow green stripes.   Sources Photos
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Phyllostachys
vivax
'Huangwenzhu Inversa'
  70.00 5.00 0 5 The culms are yellow with a green groove.   Sources Photos
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Runner
PleioblastusGenus of small and medium size running bamboos with persistent culm leaves. Most are native to Japan, were formerly classified in Arundinaria.
Pleioblastus
chino
'Vaginatus Variegatus'
  6.00 0.50 10 3 Differs from the type by its smaller, narrower, white striped leaves, which are hairless on both surfaces. The rhizomes run deep in the ground.   Sources Photos
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Runner
Pleioblastus
distichus
DWARF FERN LEAF 2.00 0.20 0 3 Branchlets bear tiny, two ranked leaves which are often only 1 inch long by 1/4 inch wide. A good ground cover or container plant.   Sources Photos
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Runner
Pleioblastus
fortunei
Dwarf Whitestripe 4.00 0.20 10 3 Dwarf variegated bamboo. Leaves keep their white stripes through the year, softly hairy on the lower surface. Aka P. variegatus. Pleioblastus variegatus Sources Photos
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Runner
Pleioblastus
pygmaeus
  2.00 0.10 0 3 Similar to Pl. distichus except that the leaves are hairy below. Other small bamboos are often sold under this name.   Sources Photos
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Pleioblastus
shibuyanus
'Tsuboi'
UEDA-ZASA 9.00 0.30 -5 3 A vigorous growing dwarf with rather small, white striped leaves.   Sources Photos
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Pleioblastus
viridistriatus
Dwarf Green Stripe 3.00 0.30 0 2 The new leaves in spring are golden-yellow with green stripes, about 7 by 1.5 inch, densely hairy on the lower surface. Old culms should be mowed in winter making way for brilliant new growth in spring.   Sources Photos
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Pleioblastus
viridistriatus
'Chrysophyllus'
  3.00 0.30 0 2 Same as Pl. viridistriatus, except that the leaves are yellow with only very faint green stripes.   Sources Photos
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PseudosasaSmall to medium size running bamboos which usually have only one branch at a node.
Pseudosasa
japonica
Arrow Bamboo 18.00 0.80 5 3 Erect culms with large broad leaves, up to a foot long by 1.5 inches wide. Less invasive than most other runners. It does well in tubs and pots. The culms were used in ancient japan to make arrows.   Sources Photos
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Pseudosasa
japonica
'Tsutsumiana'
Green Onion 18.00 0.80 5 3 Similar to the species except that the culm internodes tend to be swollen in shape somewhat like that of a green onion.   Sources Photos
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Pseudosasa
viridula
  18.00 0.80 5 3 Long wide green leaves.   Sources Photos
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SasaRunning species, dwarf or up to 6 feet tall, with at most one branch per node. The leaves are usually large.
Sasa
gracillima
  2.50 U U U   Sources
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Sasa
palmata
  7.00 0.50 5 2 The thick, leathery leaves are up to 15 inches long by 21/2 inches wide. It does well in pots, looks best when grown in the shade. Grows taller in cool climates.   Sources Photos
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Sasa
veitchii
KUMA-ZASA 5.00 0.30 5 2 In Winter dark green leaves have very broad white margins. This, along with large leaves on short plants gives a unique, striking appearance.   Sources Photos
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SasaellaSimilar to Sasa except that culms are more erect, leaves are smaller and the oral setae have bristles only near the base.
Sasaella
masamuneana
'Albostriata'
FUIRI-SHIIYAZASA 6.00 0.30 5 3 An attractive variegated bamboo with thick leaves striped in white or cream. Sasaella glabra 'Albostriata' Sources Photos
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Sasaella
ramosa
  6.00 0.30 0 4 Usually only about 3 feet tall, it is a rampant runner suitable for growing in pots or for erosion control.   Sources Photos
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SemiarundinariaMedium size running bamboos with nearly cylindrical culms and culm leaves that hang for some time attached at the middle of their base.
Semiarundinaria
fastuosa
'Viridis'
  35.00 1.50 0 5 Similar to the species except that the culms remain green, branches are a little longer, and growth is more vigorous.   Sources Photos
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ShibataeaA genus with very dense, short, zig-zagged angular culms with 3-5 branches per node, often clipped into balls.
Shibataea
kumasaca
  7.00 0.30 -5 3 Short, broad leaves on slender, nearly solid culms with prominent nodes and short slightly zigzag internodes. Prefers acid soil, shows extensive leaf burn if in alkaline environment.   Sources Photos
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ThamnocalamusClumping bamboos from the mountains of eastern Asia and Africa, similar to Fargesia.
Thamnocalamus
crassinodus
  18.00 0.80 U U From Nepal and Tibet. Culm nodes swollen, branching very strong, some clones with small leaves. No auricles. Fargesia crassinodus Sources Photos
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YushaniaA large group of spreading thornless frost-hardy bamboos from Taiwan, the Himalayas and Africa. Rhizomes pachymorph, often with long rootless necks, but also tillering, so forming spreading thickets.
Yushania
anceps
  12.00 0.50 10 3 One of the beautiful mountain bamboos from the Himalayas of India. Arundinaria anceps Sources Photos
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