My neighbors are looking for a bush that would provide a visual block between our yards. Because bamboo grows quickly and thick I think that is the reason bamboo is their choice. I understand that bamboo can be difficult because it's roots are so invasive and get into water pipes. Today my irrigation workman saw the new shoots and mentioned this. What is the opinion of the Cooperative Extension service? Thank you, Gale Watson
Washington County Oregon horticulture
Thank you for your question, Gale. Rhizomatous (creeping or spreading) bamboo is listed as invasive, and is very difficult to contain, control or get rid of. Here is one gardener’s story of ‘what can go wrong:’ http://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_docs/programs/hgic/HGIC%20ENews%20Summer%202012%20final.pdf Hope this is helpful!