We are taking a ton of bamboo out from our back yard. This is tall and many are pretty mature. I'm pretty sure it is the running kind although it has not spread too far over the last 18 months we have lived here. (the little shoots come up in the spring and once we cut those back, it behaves until the next spring). If you want live plants, you can dig up what you want, but we have a lot of already cut pcs. Most still have the branches. You can also propagate from cuttings of the live plants and if you want those, you can cut what you want.