Privacy Screen – Textilis Gracilis

Bamboo Privacy Screen - Textilis Gracilis

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Horticulture Show

An Instant Jungle display at the Horticulture Show in San Mateo. February 10, 2016

Horticulture Show San Mateo

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Instant Jungle Greenhouse

Instant Jungle has a new Greenhouse!  This is the winter home for warm weather plants.

Greenhouse at Instant Jungle

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Privacy Screen – Black Bamboo

Black Bamboo makes a great privacy screen between properties. Where the view was previously of a fence and of the neighbors house, now it is of Black Bamboo plants. Quite the transformation!

Privacy Screen - Black Bamboo

Privacy Screen using Black Bamboo

Black Bamboo Privacy Screen

Black Bamboo Privacy Screen

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Transformation of a Las Vegas Restaurant!

These are After and Before photos of a live plant installation for a Pancho’s restaurant venue  in Las Vegas.

The installation was done by The Instant Jungle-Santa Ana facility.

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Bambusoides planted in a narrow bed. Topped at 14 feet tall.

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Bambusoides in Narrow Bed. Topped at 14'

 

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Bamboo – Spectabilis Screen is 28 Feet Tall

Spectabilis Screen 28' tall

Spectabilis Screen 28′ tall

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King Palm Trees in San Francisco

King Palm Trees installed in the Castro District in San Francisco.

King Palm Tree in San Francisco

King Palm Tree in San Francisco

King Palm in San Francisco

King Palm in San Francisco

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Bissetii Bamboo In Troughs 

Cotati Deck with hot tub and Bissetii bamboo privacy screening

 

Cotati Deck Bamboo

Cotati Deck Bamboo

Deck bamboo screening - Cotati

Deck bamboo screening – Cotati

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Instant Jungle Entry with Canary Palm & Blue Mexican Fan Palm- Brahea Armata

Instant Jungle Entry with Canary Palm, Blue Mexican Fan Palm - Brahea Armata

Instant Jungle Entry with Canary Palm, Blue Mexican Fan Palm- Brahea Armata

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Palms At Instant Jungle Entry

Palms At Instant Jungle Entry

Palms At Instant Jungle Entry

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Blue Bamboo – 25gal

Blue Bamboo - 25gal

Blue Bamboo – 25gal

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Parking Lot View Of Palms, etc

Parking Lot View Of Palms, etc

Parking Lot View Of Palms, etc

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Agave Attenuata

Agave Attenuata

Agave Attenuata

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Timber Bamboo – Loaded For Delivery

Timber Bamboo - Loaded For Delivery

Timber Bamboo – Loaded For Delivery

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Black Bamboo – 25 gal

Black Bamboo - 25 gal

Black Bamboo – 25 gal

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Bamboo Installation at the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

Palace of Fine Arts bamboo installation

Palace of Fine Arts

Instant Jungle delivered and installed bamboo plants to the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco!  Still Beautiful!

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Henon Bamboo

Henon bamboo is in the Phyllostachys Nigra family.  It’s bigger than black bamboo as it grows to 25-35 feet in northern California.Arch 41 Arch 39

Henon Bamboo

Henon Bamboo

Henon bamboo is on the patio outside the restaurant.  Henon grows well in full sun.   Unlike black bamboo, its culms and branches remain green.

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Allgold Timber Bamboo

Allgold timber bamboo is a member of the Phyllostachys Bambusoides family.  The new shoots are yellow, but as they age, they turn a beautiful golden.  Hence the name “all gold.”The culms (new shoots) do not have a stripe on them other than occasionally they will have a thin green stripe on the lower nodes.  The leaves can occasionally have a cream stripe on them.

Timber bamboo

Timber bamboo

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Matrix Casino

Vivax Timber Bamboo at the Matrix Casino in San Jose, Ca.

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Rooftop Garden in San Francisco, Ca

An urban paradise, turning steel and concrete into lush greenery.  All the plants pictured here were planted on a rooftop in SF in 2012.  In one year they have filled in and created a living fence.  They block an unsightly view of yet more concrete and steel, and are also stunning to look at.   The black bamboo planted here is a popular choice for northern California.

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Dendrocalamus

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Stately and dense, dendrocalamus provides the perfect privacy screen.

Dendrocalamus differs from other types of bamboo in that it has a beautiful wide leaf, even broader than an Old Hamii leaf.   It is native to China and its culms can be used for weaving.  The dendrocalamus pictured here was planted as a privacy screen and completely hides the house next door.  It was planted in San Rafael in 2012.

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Spectabilis bamboo installation

 

Spectabilis is  one variety of the broader category of phyllostachys aureosulcata.  It is an excellent, cold hardy ornamental with yellow culms and a green sulcus.  The lower part of the culms may bend and zigzag, and may look as if someone bent or broke them.  The culms regain their vertical direction as they grow so the upper part of the culms are straight.  The crooked lower culms heighten the ornamental appeal.  New culms and braches often take on rose-red or purple-red tints as they are exposed to the sun.  Some leaves may have light, variegated stripes.    Phyllostachys aureosulcata is one of the more widely planted ornamental bamboos in the US.  It was first brought into the US in 1907 from China and was widely distributed in the 1920′s.    This type of bamboo becomes established rapidly and is a great choice for climates with cold winters.   It will not grow as tall in cold climates,  but it will survive and thrive in colder conditions.  It is a vigorous grower and runner in warm climates. 

"Before" photo.

“Before” photo.

The following photos are ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos of Spectabilis bamboo.  The second photo shows how the house next door is largely hidden and how the bamboo enhances this back yard.  

After installation of Spectabilis bamboo

After installation of Spectabilis bamboo

 

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These two photos are “before” and “after” photos of yellow crookstem bamboo.  The first photo was planted in spring of 2012 and the second photo was taken in August 2013, showing how much it has filled in the space in a little over a year.  The scientific name for yellow crookstem is calle phyllostachys aureosulcata.  It’s an excellent, cold hardy ornamental with beautiful yellow canes.

Yellow crookstem spring 2012

Yellow crookstem spring 2012

Yellow crookstem August 2013

Yellow crookstem August 2013

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Buddha Belly Bamboo

Buddha Belly, Mill Valley, Ca

Buddha Belly, Mill Valley, Ca

Buddha Belly bamboo is most known for its swollen internodes, which look like a large belly.  Hence, the name Buddha belly.  It is a native of southern China.  Its scientific name is Bambusa ventricosa and it grows to a height of between 8 to 30 ft.  It requires full sun to thrive.

Buddha Belly bamboo, Mill Valley, Ca

Buddha Belly bamboo, Mill Valley, Ca

 

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Gracilis Bamboo

Gracilis bamboo installed in Santa Rosa, Ca

View of Gracilis from outside home

 A great bamboo for landscaping is Gracilis, which is a variety of Textilis Bamboo.  It is native to China and has canes that grow strongly upright before they begin nodding at their tips.  Gracilis has smaller culms (canes) than Textilis however. Its foliage nods toward the top of the plant which gives it a graceful look.  In this area it can grow to 15 feet tall.  It needs full sun to do well.  It tends to have small leaves for a semitropiclal bamboo and is able to withstand mild winds without damage to its foliage.  Gracilis is a clumping bamboo and as it clumps very tightly, it makes for an excellent hedge.

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Gracilis bamboo, from inside house

This Gracilis bamboo was installed at a private home in Santa Rosa. The photos show the improved view from both inside and outside. 

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Spectabilis Reflected in Water

Spectabilis Reflected in Water

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Bamboo

Bamboo

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Bench & Spectabilis

Bench & Spectabilic

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Bamboo Through Haze

Bamboo Through Haze

 

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Carmel estate

Black bamboo and canary palms installed in Carmel, Ca.  Incredible architectural aestetics in this beautiful home overlooking Monterey Bay. Phyllostachys nigra (black bamboo) is a beautiful ornamental plant.IMG_0255  In the young plant, the branches are dark green, and eventually they turn to a deep black. This type of bamboo in native to China and Japan and is thought to be the first bamboo introduced to Europe in the early 1800’s. It’s one of the more popular and desirable bamboos in the West.

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Textilis Bamboo

 

Textilis bamboo, also known as Weaver’s bamboo, is native to China.  In this area (Sonoma County), it grows to about 25 ft high with a diameter of 2 inches.  It prefers partial sun.  It grows strongly upright before bending gracefully at the top.  The lower nodes have fewer branches, which adds to its ornamental appeal.  It is a semitropical bamboo and has small leaves and is able to withstand drying winds without damage to the delicate foliage.  Overall it is an attractive, graceful plant.

Textilis Bamboo

Textilis Bamboo

It makes a nice screen or specimen.  It has been used for weaving various materials, including dainty baskets to thick rope.  It has also been used in furniture making.

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Canaries – Santa Rosa

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Canary Island Palms, Santa Rosa, Ca Nov 2011

The Canary Island Palm is one of the most exotic palms.  This cold-hearty palm has been used in landscaping for over 150 years.  Elegant and stately, there are few locations where it cannot be used. It is sometimes called the “Pineapple Palm” because the trunk resembles a pineapple after it’s trimmed.  This large, slow-growing palm eventually reaches a height of 50-60 feet, but luckily it takes a very long time to reach its full height.  The diameter of the trunk can reach four feet.

The Canary Palm grows best in full sun in soil which is kept moist.  Soil should be well-drained.   This palm provides a canopy of green to dark green fronds.  The trunk has a diamond shape pattern.

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Canary Island Palms, Santa Rosa, Ca Nov 2011

Instant Jungle Nursery Entrance

Instant Jungle Nursery Entrance

Bamboo Screen 30′ Henon

Bamboo Screen 30' Henon

Los Gatos – Vivax 25′

Los Gatos - Vivax 25'

Broadway, San Francisco view with Vivax 28′

Broadway, San Francisco view with Vivax 28'

Spear Building, San Francisco, 1 Market Street

Spear Building, San Francisco, 1 Market Street

Pool with 12′ Black Bamboo

Pool with 12' Black Bamboo

Sinobambusa Tootsik Albostriata – Chinese Temple

Sinobambusa Tootsik Albostriata - Chinese Temple 1

Sinobambusa Tootsik Albostriata - Chinese Temple 2

Semiarundinaria Fastuosa – Temple

Semiarundinaria Fastuosa - Temple

Semiarundinaria Yashadaki Kimmei

Semiarundinaria Yashadaki Kimmei

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Sasaella Albostriata

Sasaella Albostriata

Pleoblastus Fortuneii Variegatus – Dwarf Whitestripe

Pleoblastus Fortuneii Variegatus - Dwarf Whitestripe

Pseudosasa Japonica – Arrow

pseudosasa Japonica Arrow

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Sasaella Albostriata 5g close

Sasaella Albostriata 5g close

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Phyllostachys Vivax F. – Aureocaulis

Phyllostachys Vivax F. - Aureocaulis 1

Phyllostachys Vivax F. - Aureocaulis 2

Phyllostachys Vivax

Phyllostachys Vivax

Phyllostachys Viridis – Robert Young

Phyllostachys Viridis - Robert Young

Phyllostachys Rubromarginata – Rubro

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Phyllostachys Purpurata – Water

Phyllostachys Purpurata - Water

Phyllostachys Nigra Henon

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Henon Bamboo

Henon is a beautiful, large bamboo, used for landscaping.  It is an excellent

choice for commercial applications as it is typically capable of attaining great size.  

It  can be used well as a screen as it grows two stories or higher.

It has a potential maximum height of 65 ft (20 m) and diameter of 5 in (13cm).

It grows well in full sun.    It is classified as a variety of phyllostachys nigra (black

bamboo) and has the same delicate foliage. Unlike phllostachys nigra, Henon

culms and branches stay green and the growth habit is upright.  It grows well in

 colder regions as it is a hardy timber bamboo.

Before Henon was installed in front of fence.

Before Henon was installed in front of fence.

 Note the increased privacy in the “before” and

 “after” photos.  This bamboo was installed in Fremont,

 California in August 2013.

Henon bamboo Fremont, Ca

Henon bamboo
Fremont, Ca

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Phyllostachys Nigra Hale – Black

Phyllostachys Nigra Hale - Black

Phyllostachys Nigra Daikokuchiku – Giant Black

Phyllostachys Nigra Daikokuchiku - Giant Black

Phyllostachys Nigra Daikokuchiku - Giant Black

Phyllostachys Nigra Boryana – Snakeskin

Phyllostachys Nigra Boryana  - Bory 1

Phyllostachys Nigra Boryana  - Bory 2

Phyllostachys Humulis

Phyllostachys Humulis

Phyllostachys heterocycla pubescens – Moso

Phyllostachys heterocycla pubescens - Moso 1

Phyllostachys heterocycla pubescens - Moso 2

Phyllostachys Decora – Beautiful Bamboo

Phyllostachys Decora  - Beautiful Bamboo

Phyllostachys Bissetii

Phyllostachys Bissetii

Phyllostachys B. Allgold

Phyllostachys B. Allgold

Phyllostachys Bambusoides – Japanese Timber

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Phyllostachys Aureosulcata Spectabilis – Green Groove

 

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Bambusoides

The common name for Phyllostachys bambusoides is Japanese timber bamboo, madake.  It originated in China, but has long been cultivated in Japan, where it is the most widely grown timber bamboo.  It was introduced into Europe in 186 by a French admiral.  It first came to America around 1890.  Bambusoides sometimes does not initiate new shoots until early summer.  The young canes are glossy green.  The young plants have long, prominent lower branches.  Mature plants do not have branches on the lower nodes.  An emerging young shoot in a mature grove has been recorded at a growth rate of 47.6 inches in a single day!  Individual culms (canes) are among the longest lived, producing new foliage each year for two or more decades.  Bambusoides is one of the true giant tree grasses.  Of the timber bamboos, only one variety is potentially larger.  In northerna Califoria it can grow to heights of 40-50 ft, with a diameter of 4-4 1/2 inches.before[1]

  These two photos demonstrate a garden before and after installation of bambusoides.

bambusoides bamboo

bambusoides bamboo

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Phyllostachys Aureosulcata Aureocaulis – Yellow Crookstem

Phyllostachys Aureosulcata Aureocaulis - Yellow Crookstem 1

Phyllostachys Aureosulcata Aureocaulis -Yellow Crookstem 2

Phyllostachys Aurea – Golden

Phyllostachys Aurea - Golden

Golden Golden 15g P. Aurea Holochrysa Holochryssa

Phyllostachys Aureosulcata, Yellow Grove

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Hibano Shiroshima

Hibano Shiroshima

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Himalayacalamus Falconeri ‘Damarapa’ -Candy Stripe

Himalayacalamus Falconeri  'Damarapa' -Candy Stripe 1

Himalayacalamus Falconeri  'Damarapa' - Candy Stripe 2

Himilayacalamus Hookeranius – Blue Teagues

Himilayacalamus Hookeranius Blue Teagues 15g.

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Himalayacalamus Asper – Princess

Himalayacalamus Asper  - Princess

Otatea Aztecorum – Mexican Weeping.

Otatea Aztecorum Mexican Weeping.

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Fargesia Nitida – Fountain

Fargesia Nitida  - Fountain

Phyllostachys Aurea Holochrysa – Golden Golden

Phyllostachys  Aurea Holochrysa Golden Golden 15g

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Drepanostachyum Hookerian – Blue

Drepanostachyum Hookerianum - Blue

Borinda Fungosa – Fargesia fungosa

Borinda Fungosa - Fargesia fungosa

Dendrocalamus Minor

Dendrocalamus Minor 25g so cal

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Bambusa Tuldoides – Punting Pole

Bambusa Tuldoides - Punting Pole

Bambusa Tuldoides Ventricosa – Budda Belly

Bambusa Tuldoides  Ventricosa - Budda Belly

Bambusa Ventricosa Kimmei – Buddha Belly

Bambusa Ventricosa Kimmei  Var. Buddha Belly 24 (2)

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Bambusa Textlis – Weaver

Bambusa Textilis - Weaver 1

Bambusa Textlis -Weaver 2

Bambusa Silverstripe

Bambusa Silverstripe

Bambusa Old Hamii

 

Bambusa Old Hamii 1

Bambusa Old Hamii 2

Bambusa Old Hamii 3

Bambusa Multiplex – Alphonse Karr

Bambusa Multiplex - Alphonse Karr

Bambusa Multiplex – Golden Goddess

Bambusa Multiplex - Golden Goddess

Bambusa dolichomerithalla – Green Stripestem

Bambusa dolichomerithalla - Green Stripestem

Bambusa Textilis Gracilis

B. Textilis Gracilis 15g 6-7' tall

Gracilis Canes 15g

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Bambusa Textilis Gracilis

Bambusa Textilis Gracilis 15g 6-7' tall

Bambusa Textilis  Gracilis Canes 15g

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Bambusa Dolichomerithalla – Green Stripestem

Bambusa DBambusa Dolichomerithalla “Green Stripestem”

Trachycarpus Fortuneii – Windmill Palm

Trachycarpus Fortuneii   -Windmill-

Syagrus Romanzoffiana – Queen Palm

Syagrus Romanzoffiana   -Queen Palm-

Chamerops Humilis – Med. Fan Palm

Chamaerops Humilis

Cycas Revoluta – Sago Palm

Cycas Revoluta   -Sago-

Chamerops Cerifera – Moroccan Blue

Chamerops Cerifera Mor-Blue 25g-24 moroccan blue

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Butia Capitata – Pindo Palm

Butia Capitata   -Pindo Palm-

Brahea Armata – Mex Blue Fan

Brahea Armata   -Mex. Blue Fan Palm-

Phoenix Canariensis Canary – Canary palm

Phoenix Canariensis Canary 5' 48 (2) Canary palm

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Phoenix Roebelenii

Phoenix Roebelenii, 30-inch Box Single-trunk 4'

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Rhapis Excelsa

Rhapis Excelsa 15 gall 5-6' tall

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Howea Forsteriana Kentias

Howea Forsteriana Kentias 6' bth 36 (2)

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