Graceful Bamboo - Bambusa textilis gracilis

Bamboo is an instant gratification plant and even 3- or 7-gallon size bamboos will form a solid wall of green in one growing season if planted in a rich soil that is fertilized and watered regularly. 

Our son, Toby, stands next to a young clump of Graceful that has had some of its lower leaves clipped off on order to better see the canes.  When using Graceful to block off unsightly objects, we often suggest clipping leaves off the front canes and not the back ones.  That way you can appreciate Graceful's attractive 1" to 1.25" diameter green canes while still having the blockage you desire.

But sometimes you don't want to wait even one season to block off an unsightly object or create that tropical paradise look.  In that case, starting off with a larger plant like those in 15- or 30-gallon containers is the way to go.  

In the photo below, Tim is standing next to some of our 15-gallon and 30-gallon Graceful plants.  Like all our bamboos, Graceful is also available in 3-gal and 7-gal containers.

Our son Timmy is almost 6' tall.  These 15- and 30-gal Graceful Bamboos are between 15' and 18' tall.  Graceful can grow 20-25 feet with 1¼" diameter canes.

Graceful is a very handsome plant with a soft, gentle look that is never overpowering. It is an excellent choice for narrow spaces or smaller yards because of its upright growth pattern. Proven to be one of our most popular bamboos, Graceful works well in city as well as country settings. 

Below are some of the attributes that make Graceful so popular: 
  • It isn't too tall or too short (grows 20-25 feet).  
  • It has the right amount of leaves - not too many or too few.  
  • It is very cold hardy (down to about 18 degrees).  
  • It is an upright grower with a small footprint, which makes it ideal for landscapes with limited planting beds.  
  • New shoots come up very close to the previous year's canes, which gives Graceful a tight, compact appearance.
Below are some posting about Graceful including those sent by customers like Ken (below) who planted Graceful in their yard to provide a quick-growing hedge:

Ken, a customer from Tampa, emailed to say how pleased he is with the screen provided by the 9 Graceful bamboos he installed in August 2009.  Eager to create a tall, dense screen to hide a noisy A/C unit and provide privacy from neighbors, Ken decided to purchase 7-gal size Gracefuls instead of 3-gal size plants.  Bamboos in larger containers have bigger root systems, which can support more culms as well as larger diameter and taller canes.

Sherry and Ralph,
It has been almost a year since we installed the Graceful bamboo I purchased from you. I have enclosed pictures showing the transformation in just 1 year! We are very pleased with the outcome.

August 2009

Three 7-gal Gracefuls were planted about 4' apart in front of a noisy A/C unit
The remaining six Gracefuls, also planted about 4' apart, bordered the fence.  Note the narrow planting bed in both pictures.
 One Year Later  
July 31, 2010

Where is that annoying A/C unit???
And the fence...What fence?  It must be behind there somewhere...
One more view of the entire fence line, including the now-hidden A/C unit

Another customer writes to ask which bamboo would be best to create a screen in a  6' wide space:
Hello Sherry, I am working on a project in which the homeowner found your website and loves bamboo. She wants to use it along a chain link fence to block the neighbors unsightly landscape, the width between the chain link fence and the house is only 6 ft wide, she would still like to use the area as a pathway from the front of the house to the back yard. Which variety do you recommend to use? The length of the fence to cover is 40 ft. How much would you recommend to use for this length as well?

My response:
I would suggest Graceful, a very upright growing clumping bamboo. In a 40' length she would need anywhere from 4 to 10 plants depending on how quickly she wants to form a solid hedge. If she went with 3-gal size plants planted 4' apart in enriched, irrigated soil the fenceline will be completely blocked by the end of the summer. If she went 8' to 10' apart, it would take two to three years worth of growth before a solid hedge formed. Graceful is a delicate looking bamboo with canes a bit over 1" in diameter that will grow about 25' tall at maturity. By the end of summer expect the 3-gal plants, which are now about 6' to 8' tall, to just about double in height.

After only one growing season, these two Graceful bamboos planted 4' apart are now touching. When first planted, each bamboo only had one cane and were half as tall as they are now.

Transporting large containers of Graceful:
Customers often wonder how to get the bamboo they want to buy home.  Although they have the option of having us deliver their purchases to them, they can often save time and money by fitting the bamboo into their own cars, vans, station wagons, trucks or trailers.

(Remember to bring along some old sheets, blankets and tie-downs when you schedule your visit to Beautiful Bamboo)

Repeat customers Matt and Kelly really wanted an instant look in their landscape and when Kelly saw our selection of 15-gallon Graceful clumping bamboos she knew that was just the plant she was looking for.  

Ralph and our grandson Atom pose in front of some 15- and 30-gallon Graceful bamboos
But would a 20+ foot tall, multi-caned plant fit into their station wagon?  Not a problem!  After a few of the taller shoots were snipped off to a 14' height and all the canes were tied together, the plant was ready to be gently slipped into the back of the wagon.  

But at 14', the canes were still too long to fit completely inside the car. 

Solution:  Open the passenger side window and let the canes stick out.  

With leaves secured by blankets and straps and anchored to the front grill work, the bamboo was ready for the 45-minute drive home. 

Instant privacy and beauty ready to go!

Amazing 'Before and After' pictures
I received this email from customers in the Orlando area who bought Seabreeze and Graceful clumping bamboos from us in 2008 to shield their backyard from a neighbor's home that was being built right along their fence line.

We are happy with how much our bamboo has grown these past 2 years.  It gives us the privacy, beauty and serenity we were looking for.

Attached is a recent photo and another photo from planting 2 years ago along with a photo prior to planting.  Such an improvement!  Sorry it took so long to send - 3 kids will keep you busy.

We are really enjoying the pool and our view. It is really relaxing and we now spend lots of time outside.  

Hope all is well.  Happy Mother's Day! 
Lisa and Wes

Above:  Before planting - a new house is being built next door
Below:  Right after planting - the new house is looming larger but the bamboo is in the ground right along the fence line.

Below:  Two Years Later - you can't even tell that the neighbor's house is there.  The bamboo hedge completely hides the neighboring building while adding beauty and a tropical feel to the backyard.

Another 'Before and After' view of Graceful Bamboo
A customer who bought two different types of clumping bamboo in May wrote to say how well their bamboo is growing:

Aloha Sherry and Ralph - Six months ago I bought a 30 gallon Textilis Mutabilis from your amazing collection. This Emerald has generated 26 new canes already. I enriched the planting bed with 30 bags of Black Kow, peat and organic soils mixed together,fertilized, plus watered faithfully every morning before work.

The two little sisters are Textilis Gracilis (Graceful); these two were only 3 gallon specimens and have produced 17 new canes each in the five month interval since they were planted!

My neighbors are thrilled with the unique tropical beauty of these upright, tight clumpers in our typically small suburban lawns. I'm looking forward to the privacy screen, shade and windblock/ noise barrier this living fence will create.

Thanks for your informative web site and blog. Kind regards, Freddy

After planting in May - One Emerald on the left with two Gracefuls to the right

6 Months Later - the same Emerald with the 2 Gracefuls to the right
The same 6-month-old plants as seen from the opposite side



  1. I really love this great looking bamboo. I would like to plant it on my backyard.
    I tried to find seeds but no luck. Does anybody know where I could get seeds for this Graceful Bamboo?
    Thank you. (jirimac@yahoo.com)

    1. Hi Jiri,
      Bamboo does best by division, and we would be happy to mail you a plant. Bamboo flowers maybe once in its 100-year life span, and is not typically grown by seed. Thanks for the interesting question!

  2. Hi, Sherry,
    i live in Berkeley, CA and i am very anxious to block the ugly two story building that is only 2 feet away from our fence and stop feeling like a fish in a bowl every time i step out into the back yard. (by the way, this is the best website i found so far on bamboo, thank you so much. all the others are so overwhelming since there are so many different kinds of bamboo). so, i have several questions for you:
    1. i love the look of emerald timber bamboo, but graceful seems to be better choice since it's shorter and we don't really want anything much higher that 25-30 feet. what do you think?
    2. which one is really faster growing, since we want that green wall very, very quickly?
    3. when would be the best time to plant it?
    4. what would be the growing conditions, like soil, water etc?
    5. if i wanted to plant it in a container, how wide and deep should the container be to create a thick screen? i am asking because the yard is on a smaller size, and i dont know how deep the roots get to be?
    6. how long does the plant live?
    7. how long would it take to ship to CA?
    thank you so much for your time, i am so excited to have found your site

    1. Hi Mia,
      We are glad you found the site too! Yes, Graceful is a slightly smaller version of Emerald bamboo. If you'd like it to stay below 30', Graceful is more your size. Graceful will shoot up new canes earlier in the spring than Emerald. Early spring is the optimal time to plant, so that your bamboo is in the ground ready for its new shoots to appear in spring and summer. Bamboo roots get to be about 2-3' deep, so you'd want to get a container at least that deep, then make sure it's wide enough to cover what you want to block. Bamboo plants can live about 100 years with good care and growing conditions. It would take about five days to ship to CA from here in Central FL. Thank you so much for your detailed questions, and sorry it took us a while to get back to you!

  3. Hello Sherry,
    Like your blog. I have about 15-20 Graceful plants that were planted about 6 months ago.
    Although new culms are arriving, the original ones don't look so hot. They have turned yellow, and dropped quite a few leaves. They get regular water, and have great soil. Going to try a turf builder. Any suggestions??

  4. Older graceful canes have a tendency to yellow especially if they in a sunny location. Once the newer shoots grow up, there will be more shade and the canes will tend to stay greener. You can also try adding some ironite to the soil (available in garden centers) and continue to give your plants plenty of water, add extra mulch to retain moisture and apply a high nitrogen, time-release fertilizer. Those are all good things to do during the warm-weather growing season.

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  6. This plant is known in Australia as slender weavers bamboo. You have great examples of how effective it is as a screening plant. Nicely done. Anyone looking to screen there backyard cannot go past this plant as you demonstrate.

    Also ordered your Rowing through the mist book to enjoy also great reviews :)

    Great Work ! Bamboo Man Bamboo Gracilis Textilis Plants

    1. Thank you in advance, for ordering my first book. I hope you'll add a comment to the Amazon.com reviews once you've read it.

      I always think of Graceful (slender weavers) is a one of the most perfect bamboos because it has all the right traits that most people are looking for in a bamboo - not too tall with good sized canes, grows densely with lots of leaves, very upright and hardy.

      One can't go wrong with this most beautiful of beautiful bamboos.

  7. Will these bamboo plants grow in UT and can I plant them in the ground rather in containers? I love the look and how quickly it grows.
    This sight is very helpful and these plants were fun to find.

  8. I love the look of these plants and would like to plant them in my yard. Can you plant them in the ground rather than in containers and will they grow well in Ut? Also, one post I think you said they don't do well in full sun, is that right?

  9. I wish I could tell you that Graceful bamboo will grow in Utah, Margo, but it won't. It is a tropical bamboo and although it is one of the hardier varieties, it can't tolerate temperatures when they get below 15-18 degrees. If you want to grow bamboo in Utah, you would do best to consider one of the running bamboos, which do better/grow bigger in cold climates.

  10. Hi.. we live in dallas texas. Do you have any pointers on where i could saplings? and does it grow in a hot and dry place like dallas?

    1. yes, bamboo does live in hot, dry areas. you can purchase plants from us and we can ship them to you.

  11. Hi, I live in Santa Monica, CA and am thinking about using Weavers Bamboo for screening. Do you think they would hold up? How wide (from fence to grass) of space do I need for them? I don't have a lot of room but really need the screening. Lastly, how tall are your 15 gallons?
    Thank you!

  12. Are graceful bamboo shoots edible?

  13. Yes, they are but maybe not as flavorful as other varieties. For more detailed information, please visit http://beautifulbamboo.blogspot.com/2013/06/edible-bamboo-shoots-orlando.html

  14. What would you suggest in south florida in regards to how many times and mins a day to water the bambo? Also how many times in the year to feed (fertilize) the bamboo and what type of fertilizer (including brand). Is there anything one can do to have the bamboo grow faster? Buying 7 gallons putting 4 ft apart and they are about 6 to 8 feet now. Sorry for all the questions. Planting textilis gracilis. Appreciate your insight.

  15. Hi sherry I have a beautiful incredibly dense clump of gracilis . about 70 or so culms. I would like to start a hedge but know nothing about root cuttings . is winter the right time of year do i cut from the far outside. should i use root sections with young culms how big should the cuttings be . do i plant directly or start in pots Help me please
    St Petersburg Fl

  16. Hi sherry Im looking to start a hedge out of my 3 year old gracillis. bout 70 culms. where do i take cutting from inside or perimeter should i take cuttings with young culms . how big should each piece be . do i plant directly or start in pots . should I dust with a rooting compound

    1. I wish I could tell you it was easy to do this, Henry, but it's not. To divide off sections of your existing mature stand of gracillis you would need to use a sawzall to cut through the roots along the edges. This is not easy since bamboo roots are incredibly tough and close together. If you are successful, you will separate off a section with several roots together. Don't try to separate each one individually. Keep them together as a cluster.
      Once that is done, you should pot up the sectioned off clumps in rich soil and keep them watered continually for several weeks to help them get over the shock of separation. It would help to top the canes to about 4' tall or so, making sure to include some leafy canes.
      Divisions will only transplant from canes that are full grown and leafed out. Young culms will die if separated from the mother plant before they are fully grown and leafed out. You won't need rooting compound but you will to give your transplants lots of care. If all goes well, they should be ready to set out in the yard after about 6 months.
      Or you can buy new plants from us that are already well established. We can ship them to you if you are unable to pick them up here in FL.

  17. We have some very nice "graceful" in our yard in Jacksonville FL. Most of the clumps are sending up 2-3 very tall (8-10' taller) shoots with no leaves on the upper part. Should these be cut back or pruned in any way? Thanks!

    1. Jim,
      No need to worry. These are new shoots that will leaf out from the top down. Just be patient with them. They should be full of leaves in no time.

  18. I'm considering the Graceful Bamboo for a nice, solid hedge running alongside the pool and next to a concrete wall. My concern is that we only have about 6 feet between the pool and the wall (2 feet of that to plant the bamboo) and I would like to know if this bamboo drops a lot of leaves.

  19. The graceful would make an excellent choice for a narrow hedge.
    Bamboo do drop some leaves as they push out new growth. Also, through the summer months, you will have the false leaves falling off of the new canes. There should never be a time where they will drop all of their leaves. They would be considered far less messy than many trees.

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  21. Hello, Very beautiful Bamboo! Do you think Graceful would be a good fit for zone 6? Thank you!

    1. Although Graceful is one of the hardier clumping bamboos it still is a tropical plant that will only grow in a climate where temperatures do not go below 22-25 degrees.

    2. Although Graceful is one of the hardier clumping bamboos it still is a tropical plant that will only grow in a climate where temperatures do not go below 22-25 degrees.

  22. Thank you! Do you have any bamboo that you would recommend for zone 6?

    1. None of our clumping bamboos are hardy enough for your zone but all of our running bamboos would do well in Zone 6. If you let me know more about what you are trying to accomplish in your landscape I will be better able to recommend an appropriate bamboo species.

  23. Hi Sherry,
    We are contemplating the bambusa textilis gracilis as a privacy hedge along our chain link fence which narrows to a 2 foot pathway along our concerte patio deck. Do you think that planting a 7 gallon pot against the fence will cause too much root pressure overtime as the plant matures, and possibly risk damaging the fence / patio foundation / or even widening to the point where we wouldn't be able to use the pathway? Many thanks

    1. Edward,
      Gracilis would be the best choice for your narrow planting space. You can easily keep it from getting too close to the patio or fence by kicking over the young, tender shoots as the emerge. Those canes will not grow once they are knocked down. These new canes will emerge through out the summer, so you will only need to keep an eye out then.
      Feel free to contact me at the nursery to discuss this further. (352)429-2425 or Jennifer@beautifulbamboo.com

  24. Looking for some expertise. I heard that if you plant bamboo, specifically grace bamboo, closer together then it won't grow as tall. Do you know if this is correct?

    1. We do not recommend planting the graceful any closer than 4' centers. You want to give the plants some room to grow and it is not necessary to plant them any closer. I do not think planting them closer would affect the overall height very much.

  25. After planting graceful bamboo along our fence, we have noticed leaves have made it into the deep end of our pool. Do the bamboo shed leaves all the time or are they just in shock from transplanting?

    1. Bamboo may shed some leaves after transplant. This should not be excessive. Also, they will have some leaf drop, especially in the spring, as new growth pushes out. Once again, this should not be excessive and the plants should always have leaves on them. If you would like to send me pictures to check the condition of the bamboo, I will see what I can do. Please email to jennifer@beautifulbamboo.com

  26. Hi - how close/far should the graceful be planted along a white vinyl fence? Want as close as possible for a privacy screen but do not want to damage the fence. Thank you

    1. We recommend planting Graceful 4-6 feet apart. For as much privacy as possible, 4 ft apart will be good. You want to give them room to grow. The farther apart you plant them, the longer it takes to achieve a privacy barrier.

    2. Thanks! How close to the actual fence can we plant them without risking eventually damaging the fence? (White vinyl)

    3. Planting them 3-4 ft away from the fence should give you enough space to keep it clear, after the first couple years it may need some mild trimming along the back of the plants to keep space between the canes and the fence.

  27. Hello- we are interested in planting graceful bamboo in our small backyard along the fence line. We have recently heard bamboo can attract mosquitoes because they lay their eggs in the water collected in the canes. Have you heard of this issue before?

    1. We have not heard of bamboo attracting an abnormal amount of mosquitoes. The water will not collect in a cane unless it is broken or gets cut to allow water to fill up a cane. Graceful is a great option for along a fence line. Our Beautiful Bamboo Facebook page has some nice pictures of Graceful along a fence.

  28. How do you keep the bamboo from taking over the yard? Is there much maintenance to keep it contained? We have a big yard but I don't want to loose it to overgrown bamboo. I just want a screen from neighbors.

    1. If you are in a warmer climate, such as we have here in Central Florida, you may grow clumping bamboo. Clumping bamboo does not need to be contained. If you are in a colder climate, your choices are limited to mostly running bamboo. Running bamboo can be contained with rhizome barrier, ditches, or mowing. Please feel free to contact us at the nursery on either 352-429-2425 or jennifer@beautifulbamboo.com