Mexican Weeping Bamboo

14 Nov

Mexican Weeping Bamboo (Otatea accuminata aztecorum), evergreen clumping bamboo to 20 ft. in height, easily controlled to 8-10 ft., slow spreading, graceful arching stems will eventually bend to the ground, lacy appearance, full sun to part shade, drought tolerant once established, deer resistant. Mexican Weeping Bamboo is easily grown in pots to around 6 feet tall.

This is a clumping bamboo that belongs to a group endemic to a large range of Central Mexico into South America. It’s genus is from the Aztec Nahuatl name for “solid cane”, otatl, which contains just three species. O. acuminata is found in the hot, humid lowlands of eastern Mexico.

This is a dramatically fluffy plant that’s ideal for modern architecture to contrast with its rigid geometry. Outstanding soft background for high profile plants, water features and art. Ideal screen or hedge, good in sideyards to block neighbors but not air. Valuable textural contrast for large leaf tropical plantings that lends a most unique exotic look. This bamboo is of the clumping variety, so any spreading happens very slowly and can be easily controlled.

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

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