Chamaedorea microspadix – hardy Bamboo Palm

Chamadorea microspadix is a clumping palm that’s native to the forests of central and eastern Mexico. It is a shade-loving variety that also tolerates morning sunlight.

Mature clump is approximately 10-12' in overall height

Mature clump is approximately 10-12′ tall overall.


Its tolerance of frost is among the best, with temperatures of 20 degrees tolerated without damage. Its appearance as a graceful and delicate palm is deceiving. The Bamboo Palm is hardy in a wide array of soils with good water drainage.

Hardy bamboo Palm is very cold Hardy even at this 7gal size

Bamboo palm is very cold-resistant even at this 7-gallon size.


Bamboo Palms forms clumps by the generation of sucker stems, which begins when the palms are young. Take care when deciding placement to allow for growth in all directions. Fortunately Bamboo Palms don’t send long ‘runners’ into other areas of your yard (or neighbor’s) like some bamboo types.

These clumps are growing in a 15 gal container size and would provide some fairly immediate height and fullness.

These clumps are growing in a 15-gal container size and would provide some fairly immediate height and fullness.

I have found that the most appropriate use of these palms is highly-shaded yards where some privacy screening is desired. They grow to a mature height of 8′-10′ which nicely hides fences.

Seed turns from green when formed to orange, and finally brilliant red when ripe

Chamadorea microspadix is not thorny, but it does produce a bright red fruit which contains a skin irritant if handled excessively when ripe. Seeds turn from green, to orange, to brilliant red when ripe. — Pete

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  1. Rory says:

    So this is good to plant along fences and walls if it’s not going to send out roots across property lines. Thanks.

  2. Leon Greck says:

    I am in the Crystal river Fl. area . Where can I purchase hardy bamboo palms or the seeds?

  3. Brian says:

    I would have liked to try this for screening along a property-line chain-link fence (to try to ‘hide’ it), but this specie expects shade, and my fencelune gets direct sunlight from dawn to afternoon.