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Otatea acuminata aztecorum/Mexican Weeping Bamboo

Otatea acuminata aztecorum / Otatea acuminata aztecorum
This clumping bamboo grows to 15 or more feet when grown in a groound bed with good soil
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This clumping bamboo grows to 15 or more feet when grown in a groound bed with good soil

When canes are thinned, light can pass through the graceful, weeping foliage

Tall culm

Specimen plant in Houston Botanical Gardens

Has fine textured foliage

Close-up of fine textured foliage

Typical drooping foliage of this species

Open, airy culms

Upright, airy culms

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Scientific Name: Otatea acuminata aztecorum
Common Name: Mexican Weeping Bamboo
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Yes
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Comments: This bamboo a native of Mexico is a clumping bamboo that makes a handsome specimen in the garden because of its rather delicate, graceful, drooping, feathery foliage. This bamboo grows in a mound like to upright form and will not grow where temperatures go below 22 degrees F for any length of time. The very fine textured foliage is an asset. It grows well in containers and reaches a height of about six feet in them.