Close up of Buddha's Belly                  Photo copyright Ned Jaquith 2004


Photo copyright Ian Connor 2004

Bambusa ventricosa
Common Name: Buddha Belly

Maximum Height: 55 feet
Container Height: 5 to 15 ft?
Diameter: 2 inches
Hardiness: 21 F

Recommended for USDA zone 9b - 10

When grown in a container and stressed for water, this bamboo grows with short fattened culms, which give this bamboo its common name. When grown outdoors with plenty of water, this bamboo can become quite large. The American Bamboo society lists the hardiness to 15F, but we don't recommend this bamboo as an outdoor plant for any area that has significant frost.

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Photo copyright Ned Jaquith 2005

Baby birds in a nest in a Bambusa ventricosa that was outside for the summer. Birds like to nest in bamboo. It is difficult for many predators to climb in.