Phyllostachys aurea or golden bamboo, a type of running bamboo, image courtesy of invasive.org
Bamboo is NOT considered an invasive plant in Connecticut. However, there have been many questions about bamboo control and bamboo laws from homeowners and gardeners. Please see the information below for more information about bamboo.
1. Bamboo FAQ's
This document provides answers to some of the more frequently asked questions about the bamboo law.
2. History of bamboo issue in CT:
The CT Invasive Plants Council submitted testimony in support of the bamboo bill (S.B. 1016) prior to its passage. The testimony provides a good summary of the bamboo issue in Connecticut, as well as information about why bamboo is not considered invasive in the state. View the testimony about bamboo here.
For more information on the Invasive Plants Council, visit the IPC page.
3. Legal information:
Public Act 13-82 was passed by the CT Legislature this year. You can find a pdf of the text here. The Governor signed the bill on 6/5/13.
4. Bamboo identification:
An identification guide illustrating which species are covered by the new law is available as a PDF here .
Recommended containment instructions are available here. These instructions may be updated as new research and information become available.
6. Bamboo control:
This Clemson University document provides detailed information about control using mowing and/or a glyphosate-based herbicide. Always follow all label directions and all laws and ordinances when applying herbicides. View the PDF here.
Note: This document was not developed specifically for Connecticut but provides a good general overview. Recommended containment instructions are different in Connecticut. See item number 4 for current recommended containment instructions. The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station is conducting research on bamboo and may provide an update of this information over the winter of 2013-2014.
Running bamboo can spread by small fragments. For a complete list of disposal options for plant material, click here and follow the guidelines for herbaceous plants. Note that running bamboo, like Japanese knotweed, should not be composted or put in brush piles.