The shades and colors of bamboo
Bamboo comes in all shapes and sizes. The bamboo we sell is actually the natural color of the bamboo, we do not dye it. Only our black decking boards have been thermically modified where it gets its dark color from. The natural bamboo has a lot of color difference. Every species of bamboo has its own unique color.
ltr. moso bamboo, nigra bamboo, tonkin bamboo
Moso bamboo is a real showstopper. Probably the most known commercially used bamboo. This bamboo is very yellow and has a kind of wax layer. This layer protects the bamboo and is also the reason why you can’t use the UV-protector immediately. After a while the wax layer will dissolve and that’s when you can start treating it. Moso bamboo is also the bamboo that is being used in bamboo plywood and decking. There are two colors of moso in plywood. The difference is in the creation of the plywood. One method includes caramelizing the natural sugars of bamboo. This gives it its caramel color.
Moso bamboo can sometimes grow a bit wonky. Therefore, some poles get helped a bit so they can still be used in fencing. To straighten the bamboo, you have to heat it up. When cooling back down it’ll harden in that position. This results in heat spots on the bamboo. Which in a way make the bamboo completely unique as it is. Sometimes we receive moso that is still a bit green. This will turn its signature yellow after two weeks in the sun.
Tonkin bamboo is a thin bamboo with a relatively thick wall. This makes it very strong for its size and exceptionally suitable for climbing plants. You’ll often spot tonkin in gardens as trellis or in climbing pyramids. Tonkin has a naturally beige color which tends to seem greyish green. It has a shiny look. Fun fact: because it’s thick walls it takes in the most Co2 per kilo.
This black Chinese bamboo can be recognized by its black color and remarkable nodes. The nodes are exceptionally thick. This black bamboo is actually, naturally black. None of our bamboo is dyed, so neither is the nigra. This does mean that color differences may occur. You can see it on the stem before harvesting. The contrast will be clearer once it is dried. So, when there are spots on your bamboo it is also natural. Sometimes whole spots are beige. Nigra also has the shiny look, just like the moso bamboo.
This variant is family of nigra bamboo. Known as leopard bamboo or tiger bamboo, it is a common garden bamboo. Where nigra only rarely has spots, the boryana is known for its crazy patterns. This bamboo isn’t strong enough for commercial uses, but is a great bamboo to have in your own garden.
ltr. guadua bamboo, java bamboo, tali bamboo
Guadua bamboo is an extremely strong bamboo with a thick wall. This bamboo has a natural, beige color. Guadua’s beige color tends to be on the greyer side. The stem is matte and has an open texture. This is the only bamboo that we’ll get from South America.
Tali is an Indonesian bamboo which is naturally beige, but tends to be more of a warm yellow with hints of orange. Tali can be recognized by its long space between nodes and more matte exterior. This bamboo can often be seen in our bamboo fencing, but our bamboo blinds are also made of tali bamboo.
Java black bamboo
As you can tell by the name: this black bamboo comes from the island of java. This black bamboo is more color reliable than nigra. Nevertheless, there can always be some color differences. Java bamboo grows strong and has bigger diameters. This makes it exceptionally suitable for the black bamboo pergolas. It is also used in our garden fences and room dividers.
In conclusion: any color difference is a natural one. Every species of bamboo can be recognized by its unique properties such as the outside layer, color shade and the nodes.