Please recommend clumping bamboo for Calif. desert?

toffee-el(Z8b Sunset Z13 Elev 4650ft)July 24, 2012

Is there such thing as sun loving, drought tolerate clumping bamboo? we are near Palm Spring, California. Sandy soil, warm winter and super hot/dry summer. Plenty of sun and not much water.

Ideally, the bamboo should max out at 12 ft tall or so and dense foliage.

Any recommendations?

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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

Bamboo typically are not drought tolerant: they like lots of water. Unless you are prepared to water it or provide dripper irrigation, you are not going to be successful. Do you see any of your neighbors who are successfully growing bamboo? If so, I suggest you ask them what species it is and how they maintain it. Or you could ask a local nursery.

I wish I could be more helpful, but what you describe is not an ideal situation, and I don't think it would help you by suggesting any plant names unless you want to alter the watering situation on you property.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 1:19PM
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hank11(8 Northern Ca.)

Maybe Thamnocalamus Tesselatus. Supposedly can take heat, but I'm sure it will still take a certain amount of water, especially the first year.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 4:45PM
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kentuck_8b(__)

Mexican Weeping Bamboo.(Otatea acuminata ssp. Aztecorum).

    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 12:28PM
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James Brooks

Alphonse Karr

    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 12:57AM
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