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Products > Otatea aztecorum 'Chica'
Otatea aztecorum 'Chica' - Dwarf Mexican Weeping Bamboo

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Bamboo
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae) (Grasses)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: NA
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: 6-8 feet
Width: Clumping
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25° F
Otatea acuminata aztecorum 'Chica' (Dwarf Mexican Weeping Bamboo) - A dwarf form of the Mexican Weeping Bamboo, a gracefully arching clump-forming bamboo that can reach a maximum height of 20 feet - this one is listed on the American Bamboo Society Website with ½ inch culms growing 4 feet tall with a question mark so we are really not sure how tall these will get but it is certainly much smaller than the species. As with the full-sized variety this one likely will be somewhat drought tolerant once established, at least in coastal gardens, but would look better with regular to occasional irrigation. Like the species it also should prove hardy to 22 F and even lower for short durations (our Otatea acuminata aztecorum took 18° F in 1990 freeze without damage). Otatea acuminata aztecorum is native to Sonora, Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Durango, Nayarut, Jalisco, Michoácan and Guerrero provinces of Mexico and was introduced into the U.S. from central western Mexico around 1958 by the L.A. Arboretum. San Diego plantsman, the late Bill Teague, received a division of it from the Arboretum in 1966 and began propagating it and then distributing it to fellow collectors and nurserymen throughout southern California. We first began growing this plant in 1982 and these plants flowered in the early 1990's, producing viable seed that produced the plants now in cultivation. Presumably one of these seedlings was this dwarf selection. We first received our stock on this plant in 2007 from Ralph Evan at Bamboo Headquarters who noted that he had purchased the plant at an American Bamboo Society Auction in 2001 or 2002. We thank Ralph also for the picture on our website that shows this selection 5 years after planting. We discontinued growing this plant in 2014.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Otatea aztecorum 'Chica'.