Costa Rican Bamboo Palm

Chamaedorea costaricana

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Chamaedorea (kam-ee-DOR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: costaricana (kos-tah-REE-kan-uh) (Info)



Foliage Color:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


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:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade


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Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:

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

Phoenix, Arizona

Hayward, California

Huntington Beach, California

Pasadena, California

Rancho Cucamonga, California

San Anselmo, California

Santa Barbara, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Upland, California

Niceville, Florida

Berlin, Maryland

Broaddus, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 17, 2016, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

I've had this growing someplace on my lot for decades now. Survived the 1990 freeze and 24f low. What it has not survived is gophers who will destroy decades in a few nights.
One other point..there are variations of this palm. Some are narrow leafed and seem to reach taller heights..and there's like mine,wide leaflets and tops out at about 6' or so.
The more water the better,if you push it on less water,then it should be getting shade.
Nice palm,one of the very best for new gardeners or potted palm collectors.


On Dec 27, 2007, NorCalBrad from Berkeley, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Starting as a scraggly, one-stemmed, few-leaved stick in a one gallon pot, found in an overlooked corner of a nursery's growing grounds, my C. costaricana has flourished over the course of two years into a multi-stemmed clump that flowers regularly and continues pushing out new spears, even in cold weather. My experience with it confirms much of the information above: it prefers shade and ample water, and is well suited to living in a pot. The culms are thicker, and the leaves generally more attractive, than its relative C. microspadix.


On Jul 12, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one of the more common and vigorous species of large clumping Chamaedorea. It can eventually grow into large stands of plant over 20' tall and can be considered invasive in some moister areas of the world. It has large, straight, deep green stems that resemble bamboo culms. The stems are up to 1.5" in diameter. The leaves are pinnate and lancelote- look sort of 'ordinary'. Great for containers. One of the easier growers for southern CAlifornians.