Q. Hi, are bamboos not allowed to be planted in NYS? Any bamboos that could be used for LEED credits: non invasive plants? Thank you.


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 Apr 02, 2018
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  • Answered By Ken Lloyd

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