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Chinese Thorny Bamboo
Bambusa sinospinosa

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Bambusa (bam-BOO-suh) (Info)
Species: sinospinosa (sy-no-spin-OH-suh) (Info)

Category:

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Height:

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

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

Danger:

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

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Encinitas, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Neutral

On Jul 18, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

large bamboo with culms up to 5" in diameter, 70' tall and long, twisted branchew armed with sharp, hooked thorns. Makes an attractive clump from far away, but not a nice bamboo for most smaller gardens. Forms very dense clumps and tops arch a bit out creating a lot of shade. For me in southern California it was a pretty slow grower, but I started out with a 1 gallon pot. This species is flowering this year (2004). Leaves relatively small for size of plant