What is this tree? I’m just wondering so I know if it’s grows big to block a view.

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  • Are you talking about the bamboo and some other shrub that was planted between fences? Which is your home? What view is it you want to block? Or it is a view you don't want blocked?
    – stormy
    Jun 2, 2018 at 3:47
  • I’m looking at the bamboo in the first pic. Looking if it’s a trouble weed and also how big it gets.
    – Simon E
    Jun 2, 2018 at 3:55
  • Sorry, I think it’s bamboo... not sure myself.
    – Simon E
    Jun 2, 2018 at 4:23
  • Bamboo might be a good thing for that 'spot'. Some bamboo stays at 5' high, others 6', others 12' others 25+ feet. I've read that bamboo comes up the diameter it will always be. If this guy is 1" in diameter he might be able to provide screening. Architectural screens and screening works very well, fast, doesn't take up too much room. Is your home on the right? Are you screening a hot tub or swimming pool? What is happening with that giant tree? Which way does the wind blow? Grins!
    – stormy
    Jun 2, 2018 at 8:05
  • Bamboo likes more sun but it looks happy enough. Have you ever given it any fertilizer? Do you ever water it? What is that other shrub, it looks like a rather great ornamental? Bamboo does well in pots. You could get some of the same bamboo and make a few large pots of it to thicken the screen of bamboo and bring the screen closer to what you want to screen, doesn't have to have much height to provide privacy right now this season.
    – stormy
    Jun 2, 2018 at 8:09

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There are many types (species) of bamboo, but usually they are bought from the garden centers (assuming that bamboo is not native to your region), which limits the number of available species.

One popular species is Fargesia 'Rufa' which is a clumping bamboo and is therefore not invasive. It is hard to tell if this species is the one your neighbor has planted. You might wanna talk to your neighbor, if possible, and ask him/her if this is clumping bamboo or of the invasive type.

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