Island's Bamboo Gardens - Bamboo Facts

Bamboo Landscape & Design

Bamboo is an amazing plant, like no other in our universe. Being the fastest growing plant on earth, some reaching their full height in a single season, bamboo serves as a natural and renewable resource for food, shelter and our atmosphere's balance. Please take a few minutes to view our comprehensive facts about bamboo outlined below and an image of "Bamboo Anatomy".

    Bamboo Terms
  • Bamboo is a group of woody perennial evergreen plants within the grass family
  • There are over 1200 identified species of bamboo worldwide
  • Bamboo species are divided into two groups , leptomorph (running) and pachymorph (clumping)
  • There are approximately 150 species of pachymorph (non-invasive clumping) bamboo identified today
  • Clumping bamboo has a natural growth habit of forming tight compact clumps within a rhizome system
  • Bamboo grows 3 times faster than trees that make up deciduous or conifer forests which may take 30-50 years to regenerate after harvesting
  • Bamboo removes more carbon dioxide than most trees (as much as 2 times the rate) , due to its exceptional growth, and releases oxygen at a continual rate to aid in the world's global warming
  • Bamboo is a superb "green" product used around the world in crafts, gardening, furniture and home construction, clothing and even food products.
  • Bamboo makes an excellent natural and controllable barrier.
  • Bamboo's strength and flexibility gives it the ability to bend within a storm and become upright again afterward.
  • Bamboo's strength as a building material has been proven to withstand earthquakes
  • Certain bamboo species can tolerate cold temperatures in the teens, many clumping species can withstand temps to 21 degrees without dropping a leaf
  • Bamboo is found worldwide, from the coldest mountain regions to tropical rainforests
  • Bamboo flowers only occasionally and sometimes at intervals of 60 to 100 years. A grove of bamboo may all flower at the same time, followed by the death of the adult plants
  • Bamboo is a natural choice for wind and percussion instruments because of its hollow forms. Bamboo has been made to build bicycles, surfboards, bows for hunting