Bamboo

Asked July 26, 2020, 7:11 PM EDT

I have bamboo in my back yard that I am having trouble identifying the type. Is there someone that help me identify the type? Also, I would like to sell some of it. Any ideas on where to find buyers would be helpful. Patrice

Howard County Maryland

1 Response

Hi - This is a running-type bamboo, and likely a Phyllostachys species. There are two common species in this genus, golden bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea) and yellow groove bamboo (Phyllostachys aureosulcata), both of which are invasive species in Maryland and are regulated by the Maryland Department of Agriculture. https://mda.maryland.gov/plants-pests/Pages/maryland_invasive_plants_prevention_and_control.aspx

We cannot and do not recommend selling these. You would need to get a permit from MDA to sell plants commercially. Running bamboos are very problematic in home landscapes. We often receive requests on how to get rid of these -- and it is very difficult to remove established plantings. Here is our fact sheet on bamboos, including control options. https://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_docs/programs/hgic/HGIC_Pubs/Weeds/HG28%20Bamboo_2018.pdf

Christa