"When my creativity has not anymore solutions, I go out in the woods and I find them."

THOMAS ALLOCCA

International Bamboo Collection

Sometimes, we just need to join the points and everything changes. Giant timber bamboo species are always more present outside their mother lands but still almost disconnected from the rest. Used above all as a cheap source of timber for architectural solutions that need glue technology, i.e. not sustainable, or for making structures in climate and cultural contexts that could not work in a worldwide economic system, the most important timber bamboo species are still waiting for their best application, the creation of Forests for Resilience, i.e. forests capable of mitigating the effects on life by the climate change.

Climate change is a natural phenomenon that we cannot stop. It is due above all to the movement of the Earth around the Sun, the movement of our solar system around the Milky Way, our galaxy, and the movement of our galaxy in Space. To all these causes, we must add that the Sun is a star, it is under expansion, which means always more powerful and unpredictable waves of electromagnetic and thermal energy toward the Earth.

In other words, climate change is not stoppable, but we have two possibilities up to us: we can increase its negative side effects on life, continuing with uncontrolled emissions of carbon dioxide; or we can mitigate and reduce the effects of global warming due to climate change, reducing carbon dioxide emissions and planting as much as possible forests. Choosing the second one, plants will be capable to quickly restoring the atmosphere and increasing the capability of the planet surface to stay cooler, working as a shielding system against solar abnormal waves of electromagnetic and thermal energy.

It comes from this knowledge on climate change and twenty years (since 2002) of botanical research on bamboo by Thomas Allocca, the founder of White Oak, that in 2020 the White Oak International Bamboo Collection was born, for collecting, selecting, and reproducing the best cultivars of bamboo from all over the world, for botanical research purposes, and as high-quality nursery for projects of timber plantations and luxury gardens by White Oak Arkitecture. All plants released outside the collection are certified with geolocation. Thomas Allocca is internationally recognized a bamboo expert, with publications, by The European Bamboo Society, The Botanical Garden of Akureyri (Iceland), The American Bamboo Society, The World Bamboo Organization, The World Bamboo Congress.

Some bamboo species are capable of collecting atmospheric carbon dioxide and transforming it into biomass over 40 times more than oak woods, and capable of producing the highest Leaf Area Index amongst any other known plant, which means oxygen, water captation, soil cooling, electromagnetic shielding.

Bamboos cannot substitute trees in timber production, it is important to have clear and to keep the applications separated. Timber from bamboo must be split to be used, which means glue technology and all the ecological and technical limitations of laminated timber. Some applications can hugely reduce the use of timber from trees, for example, the production of OSB (oriented strand boards), but the most extraordinary and priceless ecological and economical value of timber bamboos, without any doubt, is their application in forestry projects and the carbon credits market.

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B A M B U S A

The genus Bambusa is characterized by the propagation of the new culms from shoots that germinate attached to the mother culm. The clumps are very compact, the bamboo is not invasive and easy to control. This is why all the species of this kind are commonly reported as "clumping", while scientifically they are classified as "pachymorph" for the shape of the rhizome (bulbous), or "sympodial" for the lateral shooting of the new culms, directly from the neck of the mother culm, without a real rhizome.

Bambusa Multiplex  cv China

Bambusa Oldhamii  cv Taiwan

Bambusa Taiwanensis Diana  born at our IBC

Bambusa Textilis  cv India

Bambusa Vulgaris Striata  cv Thailand

Bambusa Vulgaris Wamin  cv China

P H Y L L O S T A C H Y S

The genus Phyllostachys is characterized by the propagation of the new culms from shoots that germinate far from the mother culm, till 4m as we have reported in open field. The clumps are open, they run in every direction without limits through linear and multi-branched rhizomes, very aggressive and difficult to control, but not impossible. This is why all the species of this kind are commonly reported as "running", while scientifically they are classified as "leptomorph" according to the shape of the rhizome (elongated), or "monopodial" according to the number of shoots (one at each node), but producing tens of shoots, one at any node of the rhizomes.

Phyllostachys Bambusoides  cv Korea  LAI 12 ha/ha

Phyllostachys Bambusoides  cv China

Phyllostachys Bambusoides Tanakae  cv Japan

M I N O R   S P E C I E S

Some species of bamboo, not suitable for timber and carbon credits production, can be classified as minor species, even if they can reach noteworthy size, running fast, perfect for natural landscape solutions, for example for creating not too much tall privacy or windbreak hedges, easy to control, green all year round.

Hibanobambusa Tranquillans Shiroshima  cv Japan

Phyllostachys Aureosulcata Aureocaulis  cv China

Phyllostachys Bissett  cv Japan

Phyllostachys Nigra Punctata  cv China

Pleioblastus Distichus Minor  cv Japan

Semiarundinaria Fastuosa  cv Japan

Semiarundinaria Viridis  cv Japan

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