New Australian Cultivars of Dendrocalamus Minor Bamboo

Our Dendrocalamus Minor Bamboo story...

One lone plant of Dendrocalamus Minor flowered and seeded in the first 3 months of 2005 at Bamboo Whitsunday.

We harvested 13500 seeds by hanging shade cloth around the flowering bamboo to catch the seeds. We collected the Dendrocalamus Minor seeds most days and potted them up as very fresh seeds once a week for four months.

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We had a germination success rate of 96%.
The variation in the form and size, colour, vigour and foliage and how erect they stood in there pots in the first few months was great.

We picked out more than 1000 advanced seedlings mostly erect variegated runts. Hoping  there would be some winners for use as a small hedging and screening bamboos.

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More than 120 cultivars where planted out before they where 15 months old. The 120 cultivars that are now 8 years old are showing there true form.

In febuary 2013 twenty cultivars now show lots of promise to be suitable small to medium sized bamboos for hedging and privacy sceening and ornamental use.
These new australian cultivars of Dendrocalamus Minor have been planted out into many different enviroments to find out there true form and tolerance to min temp min humidity height on average and culm dia and colour and which soil types they like.

They are being trailed in southern environments that have min temps below zero with low humidity. The mother plant of these new cultivars has a tolerance to -4c which should stick with all of the new cultivars. The first few of these new cultivars will be for sale in december 2013 in small numbers. We will be taking orders in september 2013.

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Dendrocalamus Minor X Dendrocalamus Sikkimensis

We also managed to cross pollinate buy hand dendrocalamus Sikkimensis with Dendrocalamus Minor and have 10 hybrids. One is very erect in form has a very heavy white bloom and will be a large bamboo that has the characteristics of both species.

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Cultivar Dendrocalamus Minor 'dm 1'

Average Height: 4 Meters

  • Culm Diameter Max : 25mm
  • Min Temp: -4 °C
  • Light: Full Sun

Description : A small erect bamboo with strong white varigations on the leaves and sheaves. Would make a very tidy suburban privacy screen.

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Cultivar Dendrocalamus Minor 'dm 2'
Cultivar Dendrocalamus Minor 'dm 2'

Cultivar Dendrocalamus Minor 'dm 2'

  • Average Height: 6 Meters
  • Culm Diameter Max : 50mm
  • Min Temp: -4 °C
  • Light: Full Sun

Description : A very erect bamboo with dwarfed features, short internodes all over and ovate leaves. A great bamboo for any situation.

Cultivar Dendrocalamus Minor 'dm 7'

Cultivar Dendrocalamus Minor 'dm 7'

  • Average Height: 4 Meters
  • Culm Diameter Max : 20mm
  • Min Temp: -4 °C
  • Light: Full Sun

Description : A small erect bamboo with a fine delicate folage with a twist in the tail of each leaf. Likes a well drain soil. A different softer look. Likes afternoon shade.

Cultivar Dendrocalamus Minor 'dm 9'
Cultivar Dendrocalamus Minor 'dm 9'

Cultivar Dendrocalamus Minor 'dm 9'

  • Average Height: 6 Meters
  • Culm Diameter Max : 30mm
  • Min Temp: -4 °C
  • Light: Full Sun to Part Shade

Description : The feature of this bamboo is that some culms are black and others are mottled with black patches. The foliage is typical of most Dendrocalamus Minor.

Cultivar Dendrocalamus Minor 'dm 3'
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Cultivar Dendrocalamus Minor 'dm 3'

  • Average Height: 4 Meters
  • Culm Diameter Max : 25mm
  • Min Temp: -4 °C
  • Light: Full Sun

Description : A erect bamboo with pale green culms and no hairs on the sheaves and large leaves. If your after the green look this is the one.

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Cultivar Dendrocalamus Minor 'dm 8'

  • Average Height: 4 Meters
  • Culm Diameter Max : 30mm
  • Min Temp: -4 °C
  • Light: Full Sun

Description : A small erect screening bamboo. New culms steely blue. Smaller white varigated leaves.

Price to buy all new Australian cultivars of Dendrocalamus Minor are $550 each in 200mm pots. Every summer there will be new cultivars added to this page with sharper photos.