Teddy Bear Bamboo
Dendrocalamus brandisii

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dendrocalamus (den-droh-KAL-uh-mus) (Info)
Species: brandisii (bran-DIS-ee-eye) (Info)

Category:

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Height:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

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

Garden Grove, California

Gardeners' Notes:

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On May 19, 2004, dbinnix from Garden Grove, CA wrote:

This bamboo gets it's name from the fact that the culms are covered in a fuzz that feels like velvet. It gives it a white appearance as well. The shoots are bronze and very good to eat. This is one of the best bamboos for shoots they can even be eaten raw(note: all bamboo shoots should be cooked unless you are 100% sure you have one that is O.K. to eat raw). It grows well in Southern California and can get quite large. It is said to grow taller than D. giganteus but I have not seen any examples of that. I have one and it is somewhat sensitive to cold so it should only be tried in warmer areas, it just makes it in Southen California but always shows light damage from our very mild winters.