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.
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.
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.
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.
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