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Bamboo is an attractive and versatile plant often used for landscaping on commercial properties. However, when left uncontrolled, bamboo can become an invasive species that damages buildings and spreads to neighbouring lands.

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The main types are running Bamboo (Leptomorph) and clump-forming Bamboo (Pachymorph). Running Bamboo spreads aggressively through underground stems, while clump-forming Bamboo spreads slowly from the centre. Some types of clump -forming Bamboo can become running types as they get mature.

Yes, Bamboo, particularly the running bamboos, can be highly invasive, unless properly contained and managed. The aggressive rhizome system can spread extensively and be very difficult to control.

Bamboo can grow in most soil types and is not picky about soil conditions. It thrives even in poor soils.

Bamboo is technically a grass, though the largest species can appear tree-like. The stems are hollow like grass stems.

Yes, growing bamboo in large, sturdy pots can help contain it and prevent spreading.

Most Bamboo species are evergreen, keeping their green leaves throughout winter while other plants die back.

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