Common Names: hardy bamboo palm
Family: Arecacea/Palmae (palm Family)
Palm Fast Growing Tolerant of Shade and Low Light Conditions Grows
Well Indoors. Has Ornamental (non-edible) Fruit Has Unusual or
Hardy bamboo palm is a clump forming bamboo-like palm that
distinguishes itself by its cold hardiness. Gardeners in mild
climates who get occasional frosts can use this plant to extend
their palm repertoire. Hardy bamboo palm forms clumps of slender
stems up to 8 ft (2.4 m) in height. Papery matte-finish leaves are
arranged sparsely up and down the stems. These pinnate leaves are up
to 2 ft (60 cm) in length and are composed of leaflets, each about 8
in (20 cm) long by 1 in (2.5 cm) wide, attached along the midrib.
A drooping inflorescence appears in summer. Hardy bamboo palm is
dioecious - male and female flowers are borne on separate plants.
Female flowers are followed by the fruit which are bright orange
berries about a quarter inch (6 mm) in diameter. These seem to light
up the shade garden as they dangle in drooping clusters from the
Chamaedorea microspadix is native to the forests of eastern Mexico.
Hardy bamboo palm is not particular about soil.
Light: This palm likes shady situations or filtered sunlight.
Moisture: Provide adequate water. Hardy bamboo palm is moderately
Hardiness: USDA Zones 8 - 11. This palm is surprisingly cold
resistant. I have specimens that have survived temperatures as low
as 18° F (-8° C).
Propagation: Plant fresh seed. It will germinate in 1 to 2 months -
old seeds may take longer. Hardy bamboo palm also can be propagated
by division of clumps.
Grow this understory palm beneath oaks trees, or use as a screen or
backdrop for other plants in shady areas. Bamboo palm is great for
entry ways and for patio planters and containers. This is a tough
plant that, if cared for, will thrive in the urban landscape. The
low light hardy bamboo palm makes a fine houseplant.
Tough and easy to grow indoors and out, this little palm is a winner
with its graceful bamboo-like habit and its showy fruit. Cold
hardiness is what sets this palm apart from the many other species
of Chamaedorea. Hardy bamboo palm is becoming increasingly popular.
The tropical bamboo palm (C. seifrizii) is very similar in
appearance and is commonly used as a houseplant and in commercial "interiorscapes."
Avoid handling the seeds with bare hands; like the seeds of many
palms, hardy bamboo palm seeds contain oxalic acid, which can be a