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Multiplex Bamboo

Bambusa multiplex

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Growing Zones: 7-10
(hardy down to 10℉)

Growing Zones 7-10
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

20-30 ft.

Mature Width:

4-6 ft.


Full Sun, Partial Sun


8 ft.

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Botanical Name:

Bambusa multiplex

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Cold Hardy Screen with a Tropical Feel

What's thick and spreads and survives 20 degree temperatures? It's the multiplex bamboo: A cold hardy, sub-tropical variety that will provide you with a lush, unique screen in no time.

Nicknamed Hedge Bamboo, Multiplex is aptly named. Once planted, this species is a fast grower that will offer a dense living wall capable of reaching heights of up to 30 feet in less than 2 years.

Among its many advantages, Multiplex is not dependent on much outside help aside from ensuring proper soil moisture and protection from high winds. It tolerates full sun well and will actually thrive on it.

The yellowish-green leaved multiplex is perfect for creating a backyard perimeter with a secluded, tropical feel. A versatile plant, it can be easily grown in containers to help you transform your deck or patio into an island retreat.

Get next year's screen growing soon by ordering your Multiplex Bamboo today.

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Customer Reviews

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So far, so good.
Got them just as really cold weather set in, but they settled nicely into large pots in front of my house and even added some leaves.

I will be better able to tell once spring comes whether they are fast growing or not, but boy they sure are tough right now. I'm pleased with them so far... will try to return here next spring and give an update.
December 30, 2014
Arley, AL
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
multiplex bamboo
Arrived in perfect condition. I ordered 5 to begin with and then ordered 3 more. I love them. They're perfect for a spot along a fence I needed to fill in. fast delivery and plants arrived in really fast time.
May 13, 2016
gainesville, TX
11 months ago
Growing Zone:
Bamboo plants
We planted three bamboo plants last fall and they are looking nice and healthy and are growing.
May 2, 2016
Mckinney, TX
1 year ago

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Multiplex Bamboo

Multiplex Bamboo Planting Diretions

Plant in full sun in sandy to loamy soil with good drainage; if you have clay, you need a raised bed with generous amounts of sand and humus or compost worked in. Bamboo needs plenty of moisture, especially when young, so water every other day for the first month, and when it gets dry thereafter. Fertilize in spring and late summer with a slow release fertilizer. For a hedge, space your plants on 4- foot centers. They like a mulch, so leave the fallen foliage at the base of your plants and add a couple of inches of additional mulch each year.

Pruning: If you wish to keep your plants at a certain height, prune in late summer or fall. Once a part is cut, it will not grow back, which makes it easy to control the height of your plants. Cut at the height you wish, pruning just above the nearest node (the distinct line, often a little bulging, that divides the sections of the bamboo stem, or culm). You will need to prune each year, as new shoots emerge annually. Remove dead stems on an annual basis.

Questions & Answers

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Sharon F on Apr 12, 2017
Christopher G on Apr 7, 2017
Sharon F on Apr 12, 2017
Boarder for shade around koi pond
Elaine M on Apr 11, 2017
Christopher G on Apr 7, 2017
Looks like they could be the answer to my privacy problem.
Lynda J on Apr 4, 2017
Trying to grow tall bamboo inside my fence to enhance my garden, first year was very slow growth, but they seem to be taking off nicely in year 2
Gary A. H on Jun 11, 2016
For backyard natural privacy screen that is quick growing.
Michael H on Apr 3, 2016
Screen for fence
James D on Mar 13, 2016
Fast growing and privacy trees.
Oscar Z on Nov 5, 2015
Boarder for shade around koi pond
Elaine M on Apr 11, 2017
Looks like they could be the answer to my privacy problem.
Lynda J on Apr 4, 2017
Are all of your bamboo plants non-invasive?
DeAnne C on May 31, 2014
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BEST ANSWER: I bought 3 multiplex bamboo and they are noninvasive. I purchased the multiplex because it was recommended to me by the director of our botanical gardens as being noninvasive.
When planning to use as a privacy fence and wind barrier, how much area/feet would a 3 gallon bamboo plant fill?
A shopper on Jun 12, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Multiplex Bamboo gets about 4 to 6 feet wide. For a privacy screen I would recommend planting a few about 2 to 3 feet apart.
How big a pot do I need for a three gallon that I do not want to transplant for at least several years? It will be outdoors in zone 8.
Diane D on Apr 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We would recommend a container that is 18-24 inches in diameter. This should allow your Bamboo to thrive for 3-4 years without transplanting.
can i keep the height trimmed to 6 - 7 feet ?
david b on Apr 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can... the Multiplex Bamboo reacts very well to occasional trimmings.
do I have to dig a trench in front of these to keep them from taking over the yard? If I keep them in a large pot will it contain the roots but, not allow them to get 20' high?
Chris K on Nov 1, 2014
BEST ANSWER: These are clumping so they should not run. If you plant them in a large enough pot they could get to 20ft tall.
Will this plant grow in a shady area? What are the planting requirements?
Gerry E on Apr 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: If you plant them in the shade then they may not grow as fast.
Dig a hole with the same depth as the plant’s container and about twice its width. Do not dig too deep or narrow as this will prevent the rhizomes from getting the necessary oxygen and nutrients.
bamboo2Mix 1 part organic compost into the removed soil. Do not use manure which can harm the young plant.
Carefully place the Bamboo plant in the hole.
Fill the Hole with the removed soil mixture making sure the plant is level and taking care not to damage the delicate roots of the Bamboo.
Remove any air pockets that may have formed while filling the hole.
Test the sturdiness of the plant once in the ground to make sure winds will not be able to topple it.
Water generously to the entire planting area and firm down the surrounding soil.
I live in zone 7 and I am trying to create a privacy fence between my house and the neighbors. I plan on planting in rectangular planter boxes. How deep must the planter be?
Karen on Apr 6, 2017
do the stalks remain green all year round?
Monica R on Mar 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they will keep their color throughout the year.
Is Hedge bamboo an evergreen?
A shopper on Jul 11, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Multiplex Bamboo is evergreen.
How many comes with an order?
Bigbaby on Apr 1, 2017
When is it a good time to plant this tree in northern California?
treelover on Jul 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The best time to plant the Multiplex Bamboo is in the early Spring or early Fall. If temperatures aren't scorching hot, in the 90's or above then it will be fine to go ahead and plant now.
Do you know if these would survive in denver, colorado?
O B on Feb 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 7-11. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
do they come in pots or bare root?
Margie R on Dec 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They will be in pots.
I have about a 100 foot length I want to as a privacy screen with bamboo. How many 3 gallon pots will I need?
A shopper on Jul 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Mulitplex Bamboo spreads about 4 to 6 feet apart, so depending on how close you're planning on planting these we would suggest about 25.
What about the roots? The spot where we need to plant it is close to the brick wall. Can it be damaged?
A shopper on Jul 18, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The brick wall will be fine. I would plant it about three feet away from it.
Will it create any kind of sound barrier?
Leanna K on Mar 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes... Any kind of thick vegetation will breakup the sound waves. Thick and fine leaves are best.
how thick do the stalks of these bamboos get?
Ed F on Aug 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: This type of bamboo is more bushy like than big thick bamboo. The stalks don't get real big. I planted my small 6 plants for a privacy screen in March 2013. The growth has been amazing!!! Highly recommend them.
I am looking to plant multiplex bamboo in containers. How deep must the container be?
Karen on Apr 6, 2017
I live in zone 7 and I am trying to create a privacy fence between my house and the neighbors. I plan on planting in rectangular planter boxes. How deep must the planter be?
Karen on Apr 6, 2017
How wide are these when shipped? Thanks.
CliffJames on Mar 17, 2017
Does multiplex bamboo tolerate standing water?
John W on Apr 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Since we live in NW Florida on almost pure sand, standing water is never a condition we know!
Planted 8 Multiplex Bamboo a month ago for Pacific NW region (Seattle) no new growth as of yet, should I trim dead looking leaves at top? Or wait til warmer weather to see what happens? Thanks
judster on Mar 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We planted these in May of 2015. A couple of plants had leaves that turned brown just after planting we did not trim them. Growth came out of those affected branches especially as the weather warmed. We saw no real need to trim. Plants grew from 3 feet to 8 feet today with most growth during warm weather. Our winter found them slightly dormant. We are very happy with them we use them as a trimmed hedge.
I live in zone 7 near the highway. I have some old white pines that are thinning out can I plant the multiplex bamboo inbteeen them and will they take the pines over?
Chris on Mar 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We live in zone 7 as well. Our trees are now 3 years old. They do not travel aggressively but they do interweave nicely when planted close to other trees. The more sun the better but we are very happy with ours. We purchased the thee foot plants and they are now twelve feet tall and dense up to ten feet right now and still growing.
I want to use this on a balcony. Can i keep it in the pot it comes in ? Or do I have to transfer to a large container ?
Taru G on Apr 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They will come in a black planters pot. You would want to transfer them into a different container.
If I ordered 10 of the multiplex bamboo how much would it be and how tall are the plants that upon receiving? I live in Victoria B.C. Canada. Is there any duty or any other expenses? I'm assuming the price would be in U.S. Dollars.
Thanks. Brenda Hodgson
Brenda on Apr 29, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They come about 4 feet tall. As far as shipment I do not know Canada will charge shippers more for its live plants.
When is the best time to plant in zone 5-6? If I plant them early fall will they winter over? Thank you
A shopper on Jul 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The best time to plant in zone 5 - 6 is in the early Fall or early Spring. If you plant them in the early Fall they'll definitely winter over. If your temperatures aren't scorching hot in the 90's or above then it's fine to go ahead and plant now.
How long to get to 8 feet ?
Nutek on Apr 15, 2017

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