Ghost bamboo is a large ornamental bamboo featuring powdery white grey culms and big tropical leaves. Ghost bamboo will naturally grow up to 8-12 metres in height (less in Tassie) and can be easily trimmed down in height if need be. Keep in mind it is a beautiful canopy shaped bamboo, so trimming it too short can impact the integrity of its shape.
It has a natural wide canopy shape, meaning the top is much wider then the footprint, similar to a big tree. In shady positions it tends to have minimal branching down low, but in full sun can be bushy from about 1mtr upwards. The natural footprint size of the clump is 2mtrs with the canopy spreading up to 4-6mtrs wide outwards. This wonderful species can be planted into narrower garden beds or maintained smaller to suit your needs, down to a minimum of 1mtr. Plant as a single feature or a dense screening solution. Planted closer together, they will grow more upright.
Clumping bamboo grow circular, so plant them the same distance apart as the width you have available. Eg. if your planting trench is 1.2mtrs wide, you would plant them 1.2mtrs apart to form a dense screen. The narrower the space, the closer you plant the bamboo together. For more information, talk to one of our helpful and knowledgable staff members for professional advice on your garden circumstances. Different circumstances have different solutions!
Ghost bamboo is incredibly quick growing, and can be fully grown in 3-4 years if established well. Imagine a tree growing that fast! Or achieve quicker growth if you purchase more established sizes! It is low maintenance and extremely drought tolerant once established. It is also salt tolerant!
Ghost Cheat Sheet
Clumping Non-Invasive Bamboo
Typical Height 8-10mtrs
Trim Height 6mtrs
Typical Footprint 2mtr
Reduce Footprint 1mtr Min.
Typical Culm Size 6-8cm
Free Draining Soil
Full Sun To Part Shade
Drought Tolerant Once Established
Very Frost Tolerant
Not Suited To Pots And Troughs
Edible Shoots For Cooking
The approximate size of bamboo is only a guide. Plant measurements are taken from the bottom of the pot.
The sizing of plants does vary, particularly through different seasons of the year.
The most valuable part of the bamboo is the rootball size within the pots, which produces incredibly fast growth once planted. Stock availability, pricing and sizing are subject to change without notice. For more information, please contact us directly.