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Common Bamboo

Bambusa vulgaris

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Bambusa (bam-BOO-suh) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)
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Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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

Where to Grow:

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over 40 ft. (12 m)


over 40 ft. (12 m)


USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

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


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Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

This plant is monocarpic

Seed Collecting:

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

Thousand Oaks, California

Loxahatchee, Florida

Satellite Beach, Florida

Winter Springs, Florida

Lafayette, Louisiana

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 2, 2007, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Grew this palm easily here in Southern California and it is a very reliable grower.. however, it is a bit of a leaner, and can create a huge dark shade over your garden as it matures... be sure this is really what you want before planting it. It is basically the green form of the much more popular striped Bambusa vulgaris (vitatta), which also makes for a massive tight bunch of culms that tend to arch and shade out the garden area around it.


On Jan 1, 2007, FloridaGrower from Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is common throughout the tropical world, but is quite a stunning plant when fully mature. Its culms stay a glossy dark green for quite a while, and can grow huge. One of the easiest bamboos to propagate. *As with many of the larger bamboos, by chopping out the old culms, you can get it to mature to larger size culms faster. When fully grown, around four or so is a good number that will keep its diameter large, and its footprint manageable.*