Sunset glow bamboo has yellow canes and yellow-green leaves. It’s one of the fastest-growing types of bamboo, which is saying something. It grows in USDA Zones 5-9 and can withstand temperatures down to -10F.
Black bamboo produces thick canes that turn black in their second year, giving it ultimate goth vibes. It grows in USDA Zones 6-10, so is better suited to slightly colder climates than sunset glow.
If sunset glow provides a bushy privacy screen, multiplex bamboo provides a living wall. The canes grow in a very dense arrangement. It’s a warmer variety than the others, needing USDA Zones 7-10.
Yellow groove bamboo is closely related to black bamboo, but it’s a running variety. As such, it won’t reach its full potential in pots, but it’ll provide a decent privacy hedge regardless.
Finding the right kind of privacy bamboo for your balcony shouldn’t be too difficult. After all, bamboo is low-maintenance and grows well in pots. The biggest thing to look for is the Hardiness Zone, as this can have a big impact on the plant’s health.