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Bambusa Balcooa

Clumping Bamboo South Africa


Bambusa Balcooa bamboo is a very large, thick-walled, clumping, or sympodial type of bamboo. Growing up to a height of 25 meters (80 feet), and a thickness of 150 millimeters (6 inches).

The length and strength of Bambusa Balcooa Cape Town make it a useful material for the construction industry. Furthermore, it is a drought-resistant species with low rainfall requirements and can reach yields upwards of 100 metric tons per hectare (40 metric tons per acre).

  • Type: clumping bamboo
  • Height: 17m – 25m
  • Diameter:  7 – 15 cm
  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Hardiness: -4°C
  • Names: Bambusa Balcooa

Bambusa Balcooa Cape Town

Bambusa Balcooa is a bamboo tree of the lowland tropics, where it can be found at altitudes up to 600 metres. It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 22 – 28°c but can tolerate 9 – 35°c.

It prefers a mean annual rainfall in the range 2,300 – 3,000mm, but tolerates 700 – 4,500mm, typically growing in a tropical monsoon climate with a dry season of up to 6 months.

Succeeds in full sun and in dappled shade. Succeeds in any type of soil but prefers heavy textured soils with good drainage and pH of about 5.5. Prefers a pH in the range 5 – 6, tolerating 4.5 – 7.5.

Bamboo Uses

Stems are used as a building material for houses, bridges, fishing floats, is much used for scaffolding, frames of rickshaw hoods, baskets, woven mats and for agricultural and fishing implements. This bamboo species also serve as a raw material for the wood chip industry, paper pulp, shoots are consumed as a vegetable and leaves are used as fodder.

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