Chilean bamboo

Chusquea culeou | Also known as: Foxtail bamboo, Culeu | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

This veggie Chilean bamboo is craving hum(m)us!

A slender symphony of grace and beauty, chusquea culeou or Chilean bamboo is an ideal way to add exotic elegance to a garden design. This bamboo has narrow and tapered dark green leaves that fan out from the upright green stems. It is content to grow in partly shaded areas or areas that receive full sunlight and thrives in moist, loamy soil that offers good drainage. For enhanced plant care make sure that the soil is rich in humus. The height and spread of Chilean bamboo makes it a superb hedging or screening plant. It is also a sophisticated standalone feature that will bring a touch of chic to previously uninteresting spaces.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 6
Spread [m]
  • 2.5
Dominant flower colour
  • Inconspicuous or absent
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
  • rhizome cuttings
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Erect
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z8-13
Heat zone
  • H12-10
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -12 - 0
Heat days
  • 150 - 210
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Grasses, ferns & bamboo
  • Bamboos
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Show-offs
  • Neighbour repellant
  • For every season
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Woodland
  • Cottage garden
Garden spaces
  • Specimen
  • Architectural
  • Hedges and screens
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years