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Bambusa ventricosa (Buddha Belly Bamboo)

Buddha Belly Bamboo, Buddha Bamboo, Clump-Forming Bamboo


A popular species for containers, Bambusa ventricosa (Buddha Belly Bamboo) is a decorative evergreen bamboo noted for the swollen or bulging internodes of its canes resembling the fat belly of the Buddha. Deep dark green, the culms, 1 in. wide (2.5 cm), are smooth and glossy, maturing to yellow-green. Upright in habit at first, the canes tend to arch under the weight of the heavy foliage of long, dark green leaves, up to 7 in. (18 cm). Very ornamental, this non-invasive tropical bamboo makes an impressive container plant and is an excellent choice for a privacy screen in warm-temperate conditions. To produce the swollen internodes, the plant needs to be underpotted, dried out or underfertilized. A lovely subject for bonsai. Hardiness: 32 to 23ºF (0 to -5ºC).

  • Grows up to 40-55 ft. tall (12-16 m) and 30-40 ft. wide (9-12 m) in its native environment. Will grow only 5-8 ft. tall (150-240 cm) in containers.
  • A full sun to part shade lover, it is best grown in fertile, moist soils . Avoid overly wet soils.
  • Great choice for hedges and screens and containers.
  • Virtually disease free. Keep an eye out for aphids, cottony scales and bamboo borer.
  • Remove weak, dead, damaged or spindly stems in spring and thin to show off stems to best effect. Cut out any flowering shoots promptly to discourage more from forming.
  • Propagate by division or take cuttings of sections of young rhizomes in spring
  • Native to China

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 12
Plant Type Bamboos
Plant Family Bamboos
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 40' – 50' (12m – 15m)
Spread 30' – 40' (9m – 12m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 12
Plant Type Bamboos
Plant Family Bamboos
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 40' – 50' (12m – 15m)
Spread 30' – 40' (9m – 12m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers

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