Will bamboo grow in the mountains at 9100 feet elevation?

Asked May 2, 2013, 11:09 PM EDT

Will bamboo grow in the mountains at 9100 feet elevation? Specifically I'd like to grow bamboo in Estes Park. Also, should I be concerned about introducing an invasive species like bamboo into the mountains?

Larimer County Colorado

1 Response

It is unlikely that you will be successful growing bamboo in your zone. Your USDA hardiness zone is 4b. If you are willing to lose the bamboo in colder years then you could try one of the bamboos listed on this site => http://bamboogarden.com/cold%20hardy%20bamboo.html. The Bamboo Garden site and the Complete bamboo site are also excellent resources for growing information and tips => http://www.completebamboo.com/ There are two types of bamboo…I would not recommend the spreading / running type as they are very invasive. If you like the idea of bamboo but are not committed then you may want to also research various ornamental grass varieties. They provide (almost) year round garden interest and are easy to maintain. We have a list of grasses on the CSU Extension site, Fact Sheet 7.232 => http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/07232.html. Please let us know if you have any further questions. Thanks, CSU Master Gardener Kristin