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PlantFiles: Bamboo
Dendrocalamus asper 'Betung Hitam'

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Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dendrocalamus (den-droh-KAL-uh-mus) (Info)
Species: asper (AS-per) (Info)
Cultivar: Betung Hitam

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Category:
Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Height:
over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:
N/A

Foliage:
Smooth-Textured

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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Profile:

2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive popper1 On Sep 13, 2007, popper1 from Lakeland, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

This is a great plant. Grows fast, large diameter, straight culms. Large bright green leaves with black culms. Makes a statement.

Positive dbinnix On May 7, 2004, dbinnix from Garden Grove, CA wrote:

There are some large clumping species of black bamboo but this one is by far the largest one of all hands down. It has just arrived in the Southern California Area and will soon apear in the local arboretums, which in a few years should be very impressive plants. I have one that is now 70+ feet tall and does not appear to be slowing down. It is a close relative of the D. asper and as such likes the climate here and thus gets extra big. Unlike it's relative it is not so easy to propogate and the only way to get new ones seems to be by clump division.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Garden Grove, California
Santa Barbara, California
Brandon, Florida
Loxahatchee, Florida
Mulberry, Florida



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