Walking around our side of town trying to find citrus trees to photograph (for a different post), I came across a house with six giant clumping timber bamboos (Bambusa oldhamii) outside the front yard fence. I did a double take because Bambusa oldhamii is not exactly a common sight around here. The clumps are fairly mature, judging from the diameter of the culms, and yet they are very tight at the base. This growth habit makes even a giant like Bambusa oldhamii with its potential height of 40+ ft. eminently suitable for smaller urban and suburban properties.
|The largest culms were about 3 inches in diameter|
Seeing these clumps of Bambusa oldhamii gave me a good idea of what our specimen will look like in a couple of years. I’m confident that it won’t overwhelm its location but rather complement it with it large culms and leaves.
|Our Bambusa oldhamii in front of our house (January 2, 2012)|
Speaking of Bambusa oldhamii, the other morning my wife told me of dream (nightmare?) she’d had the night before. Stepping into the bathroom, she was shocked to see parts of the bathtub torn up and a Bambusa oldhamii planted right in it! She wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry, considering that I’m constantly on the lookout for new places to put bamboo.