Bamboo palm

Chamaedorea microspadix | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

One of the hardiest species of palm, chamaedorea microspadix can withstand poor weather conditions, and maintain its glossy, mid-green foliage all year round. It is commonly known as the bamboo palm because of its bamboo-like woody, ringed trunks. Clump forming, the palm leaves are pinnate with long, lance-shaped leaflets. It flowers in spring, with tiny yellow blossoms that are hardly noticeable. By autumn, these blossoms have been replaced with tiny black fruit. Ideal as a garden screen, it thrives in well-drained slightly acidic soil in partial shade. It is best to nurture under glass when young as it is sensitive to frost and, when mature, some light pruning is helpful but not essential.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 3
Spread [m]
  • 1.5
Dominant flower colour
  • Yellow
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
  • Mid autumn
  • Late autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Suckering
  • Upright
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z11-15
Heat zone
  • H12-7
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • 4 - 0
Heat days
  • 60 - 210
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Partial shade
  • Full shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Exotic, house plants & other
  • Exotic
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • We love the dark
  • Show-offs
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Shade
  • Specimen
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years