Screening Bamboo

Screening Bamboo: Adelaide homeowners turn to the Jungle in Willunga to build living Screens

Neighbours getting you down? Feel like you have no privacy in your own backyard?

Screening bamboo is a great option – not only cost effective, but also beautiful, green and lush, hiding the concrete and giving you the impression you are in a tropical oasis.

Now, you’ve decided on screening bamboo, the next question is which types will grow in our Adelaide gardens? What suit our cold winters and local conditions? Here at the Jungle in Willunga, we have done the research and can recommend a wide range of bamboos that are perfect for the South Australian climate and will create just the screen you were hoping for.

Anyone looking for a bit of privacy, while also creating a tropical oasis in their backyard, can’t go wrong with screening bamboo. Adelaide gardeners are turning to the Jungle in Willunga because we can offer expert local knowledge of bamboo, and have trialled many varieties to find the ones that grow best in Adelaide and South Australia. You can also see them fully grown in our Jungle which takes out much of the guesswork.

Jungle in Willunga loves these Screening Bamboos for Adelaide-

1 Storey High Coverage

Boniopsis Bamboo

(Bambusa boniopsis)

Boniopsis is ideal for pots, containers and hedges as it grows in a vase like fashion and provides dense foliage for a screen.

It likes well drained soil and once watered regularly for the first 12 months to establish growth, likes a deep water soak during dry periods. In pots, regular watering will ensure it stays lush.

Boniopsis is perfect as a feature plant in your courtyard, in a pot or container. Ideal for covering fences and will become a lovely screen. Very popular. 2-3 metres.

Himalayan Weeping Bamboo

Himalayan Weeping Bamboo

Drepanostachyum falcatum

A graceful, cold tolerant bamboo with slender, cascading culms with thick sprays of fine long, light green leaves on multiple branch clusters.

Himalayan Weeping Bamboo loves a damp, shaded position away from full day sun. Perfect for growing in a pot or in a sheltered position such as a courtyard or small outdoor area, especially in cooler Hills’ gardens. 2-3 metres.

Gold Stripe Bamboo

Gold Stripe Bamboo

Bambusa multiplex cv. ‘Gold Stripe’

Gold Stripe bamboo is a great option for screening with its dense foliage and short stature. Canes are an attractive blend of green and gold and make a great feature. The clump will expand to create a wall of canes coated in foliage, rather like a hedge.

This bamboo is perfect for screening courtyards and along walls and fencelines.

Gold Stripe grows very well in the Adelaide area and is a popular choice of gardeners and landscapers. Grows 3-4 metres.

Alphonse Karr Bamboo

Alphonse Karr Bamboo

Bambusa multiplex cv. ‘Alphonse Karr’

Alphonse Karr is a very popular, smaller screening bamboo which features beautiful stems that are yellow with green stripes. The edible young shoots and culms are a delicate green striped pink and change to gold as they mature. The lower third remains relatively leafless, so the canes become a feature which burst into a cap of fine, distinctively arranged leaves. Beautiful ‘fern like’ foliage.

It needs a wider garden bed as it also features a denser clump. Very popular for a garden hedge because of its erect form and moderate height. Ideal for colder climates since it thrives in cooler temperatures such as Adelaide and surrounds. It will grow to 3-4 metres.

Nepalese Blue Bamboo

Nepalese Blue Bamboo

Himalayacalamus porcatus

Himalayan Weeping bamboo has a mass of long, slender, light green leaves create a dense luscious foliage as no canes are visible. This bamboo has narrow culms and a small footprint.

It loves cool, shady conditions and so is ideal for gardens in the Adelaide Hills. Perfect for part shade, blocking out single storey next door, or as a beautiful pot plant. 3-4 metres.

Slender Weavers Bamboo

Slender Weavers Bamboo

Bambusa textilis var. gracilis

Slender Weavers, or Bambusa gracilis, is Australia’s most popular bamboo with good reason! Compact, yet tall, it can be planted in very narrow spaces and is popular for screening to double storey height in backyards.

It has a compact clump, with upright green canes and beautiful foliage, a very neat looking plant. Perfect for screening out neighbours, ugly fences, bare patches and grows well in Adelaide gardens. 4-5 metres.

China Gold Bamboo

China Gold Bamboo

Bambusa eutuloides var. viridi-vittata

Brilliant yellow canes with green stripes, slightly thicker than other types of courtyard bamboo are the main feature of this beautiful bamboo. Leaves grow entire length of cane. China Gold is a very robust bamboo and will grow nearly anywhere, but not as cold tolerant as Alphonse Karr. The colour will vary if planted in full sun or shade.

Perfect for courtyards or as a central feature, this is such a stunning bamboo due to the bright colours of the canes. 5-6 metres.

Big Screening Bamboo: 2 Storey High Coverage

If you have plenty of room, and need 2 storey coverage, you can opt for Big Bamboo plants. Adelaide homeowners have found that big bamboos like Oldhamii, Fusca or Green Ghost Bamboo, are perfect for screening the neighbour’s towering new extension and also look beautiful. It is certainly a lot more cost effective than building a 6m high wall, and these bamboos grow like a rocket in South Australia. At the Jungle in Willunga, we have a great range of big bamboos to suit any garden.

Fusca Bamboo

Fusca Bamboo

Bambusa textilis var. fusca

Fusca is similar to Slender Weavers, but larger. This upright bamboo reaches 5-6 metres in Adelaide and has a tight clump with dark green culms.  There are few  leaves on the lower half, followed by masses of long, green pointed leaves, making this a striking bamboo.

It forms a very attractive, dense screen and is perfect for narrow spaces as it has a small base for it’s size. 5-6 metres.

Green Ghost Bamboo

Green Ghost Bamboo

Dendrocalamus minor amoneus or Green Ghost bamboo has beautiful lime green canes that feature a darker green stripe. When they are young, the canes have whitish fuzz, which is why this species is called Green Ghost bamboo.

This species of big bamboo is very easy to care for and does quite well in the cold. It has large drooping leaves and grows to about 6 metres high in South Australia’s climate. It is definitely a beautiful species of bamboo but keep in mind that it does require quite a bit of space.

Oldham’s Bamboo

Oldham’s Bamboo

Bambusa oldhamii is a great big bamboo option for anyone in Adelaide who wants to quickly create a screen between homes because it has an incredible growth rate and very attractive leaves. It has stunning canes that are dark green and features a reasonably-sized clump. The shoots can be eaten, and are a tasty addition to many Asian dishes.

Oldhamii is often used in construction. It is highly effective for the stabilisation of creek banks and providing a very effective windbreak. And, of course, it’s beautiful to look at. Grows 6-8 metres.