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The Bamboo Palm Tree, scientific name Chamaedorea seifrizii, is a small graceful palm that commonly used
in landscapes and indoor decoration. The Bamboo Palm is also known as Reed Palm, Clustered Parlor
Palm, and Cane Palm. It belongs to Chamaedorea family. The Bamboo Palm is native to Mexico and
Central America. It is very popular and can be found at most nurseries.
The Chamaedorea seifrizii is a multi-trunk palm that grows in clusters without forming a crownshaft. It is
usually clumped together to form a srub-like specimens. The Bamboo Palm grows at an average rate and
can get up to 8-12 ft tall and 6-8ft wide. Slender, long stems are 8-10ft tall and have about 10-15 fronds.
Stems are ringed with scars and has cane-like appearance. Each frond has around 10-12 dark green narrow
feather like leaflets. The Bamboo Palm grows well in shade or partial shade. If it is exposed to more light, it
will produce gorgeous flowers during summer months. Flowers are yellow and emerge from the lower leaves.
The Bamboo Palm is dioecious, with male and female flowers growing on different plants. Flowers are followed
by pea-sized red berries that turn black when fully ripen. But be careful with the fruits, because these nice
looking berries are not edible and can cause allergic reaction.
Growing Bamboo Palm Tree
The Bamboo Palm is very easy to grow and maintain. It prefers shade but can be adapted to partial shade. It
doesn’t require heavy watering and as most palm trees likes well drained soil. This palm is hardy and can tolerate
cold down to 25F. Overall this plant doesn’t require much care to maintain its gorgeous tropical appearance.
A common pest to this plant is the spider mite which might happen indoors in a dry area. If you notice spider
mites, try mist the plant twice a day with a soapy water mixture. If this does not work, go to your local plant or
hardware store and try a professional grade pest remover. Much less common is scale, mealy bug or but rot.