Thamnocalamus tesselatusThamnocalamus tesselatus

Thamnocalamus tessellatus

This is a clumping bamboo from South Africa. It forms upright, dense clumps with 1 inch wide canes, or culms. It grows 12 to 15 feet tall and spreads 5 to 10 feet wide. They are very wind tolerant and can be used in coastal plantings.

USDA Hardiness Zone(s): 7-10
Size (HT/W/FL HT): 150″ / 100″ / –“
Exposure: Part Shade, Part Shade
Bloom Time(s): —

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Common Name

Clumping bamboo, Berg bamboo




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Hardiness Zone

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Growth Habit

Size (HT/W/FL HT)

150" / 100" / –"

Growth Rate

Most Active Growing Season

Leaf Color


Average, well drained, moist.




Dormant in winter, dormancy over winter.

Water (Greenhouse)

Dry moderately between waterings.

Water (Garden)


How Different?

Clumping and more upright than other bamboos.

Landscape Value

Use as a hedge, screen, barrier, or as a specimen.

Finish Time to 4"

6 – 8 weeks


Wind tolerant. Can be used in coastal plantings. Does not tolerate high heat and humidity.

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