Cactus Jungle in Berkeley carries a select group of bamboo plants that are perfectly suited to the Bay Area’s mediterranean climate. Most are very low water or summer drought-tolerant, meaning no additional irrigation is needed at all, once the plants are established in the ground (although a monthly watering is nice, too). Many are useful for containers, both indoors and outdoors.

All Bamboo


Bambusa multiplex “Alphonse Karr”

Variable tropical bamboo, useful for screening. Elegant slender arching culms, yellow with irregular dark green striping. ...
Bambusa multiplex “Alp...  
Weaver’s Bamboo

Tightly clumped, non-invasive, graceful arches. Used in weaving and for timber, flute-making and fencing; edible shoots. G...
Bambusa textilis Weaver’s Bamboo
Chocolate Bamboo

Vertical arching bamboo with large leaves forms tight clumps of deep reddish/brown culms. Hardy to 20F.
Borinda fungosa Chocolate Bamboo
Borinda papyrifera

Fast growing clumping bamboo with new culms that are powdery baby-blue which slowly age to a mix of green and yellow. Upri...
Borinda papyrifera  
Chusquea culeou

Tightly clumped, does not spread. Edible shoots. Culms grow vertical, forming regularly spaced nodes with many equal-sized...
Chusquea culeou  
Green Screen Bamboo

New glossy green culms, as early as winter, mature to a rich yellowish green. Denser in full sun, yet happy in shade. Exce...
Fargesia robusta Green Screen Bamboo
Red Bamboo

Broadly arching branches dense with green leaves. Does well outdoors in coastal areas, including throughout the Bay Area. ...
Himalayacalamus asper Red Bamboo
Candy-Stripe Bamboo

Does well outdoors in coastal areas, including throughout the Bay Area. Random-colored striped culms - dark green, red and...
Himalayacalamus falcon... Candy-Stripe Bamboo
Blue Bamboo

New green culms covered in waxy gray powder give a blue effect and mature to a yellowish orange, more purplish in more sun...
Himalayacalamus hooker... Blue Bamboo
Mexican Weeping Bamboo

Masses of long narrow leaves densely cover the culms. Gently arcing clumper, sways in the breeze. Excellent in ornamental ...
Otatea acuminata Mexican Weeping Bamboo
Black Bamboo

Rich dense growth, edible shoots. Glossy black culms darken with age, used in fine crafts and furniture. Good in planter...
Phyllostachys nigra Black Bamboo
Arrow Bamboo

Erect culms with large leaves up to a foot long. Good for indoor or outdoor container gardening, and for use as a screen. ...
Pseudosasa japonica Arrow Bamboo
Purple Temple Bamboo

Very vertical, tall architectural form. Makes good borders. Stately culms fade to purple with age. Withstands maritime ex...
Semiarundinaria fastuosa Purple Temple Bamboo
Punting Pole Bamboo

Tightly clumped, non-invasive, hardy. Produces a large number of thick-walled culms. Bambusa oldhamii ...
Bambusa tuldoides Punting Pole Bamboo