Q. Are bamboos allowed to be planted in NYS? Can bamboos be used for LEED credits?

Answer

New York State specifically prohibits two species of bamboo - Golden bamboo (Polystachus aurea) and Yellow Grove bamboo (P. aureosulcata). See the list of Prohibited and Regulated Plants for NY State. (Also. specific counties may have their own list of prohibited species). These are running or spreading bamboos which can rapidly become invasive and threaten your and your neighbor's gardens. They are also difficult to eradicate once established.  If you want to grow bamboo in your garden use clumping bamboos, of which numerous species and varieties are available.

I am sorry that your question about bamboo and LEED certification is not one that we are able to answer authoritatively.

Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information

  • Last Updated Jul 19, 2018
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  • Answered By Ken Lloyd

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