photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2008

Our stock of Borinda albocerea,
One gallon plants are over 5 feet tall!

photo copyright: Ned Jaquith, 2007

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Borinda albocerea

Height: 12-15 feet
Diameter: 0.8 inches
Hardiness: 15F
Recommended for USDA zone 8b through 9, not for climates with high heat and humidity (southeastern states).

This exciting new bamboo from Yunnan has new culms coated with a beautiful bluish wax. As the culms turn yellow as they age and the wax wears off. We are hopeful that it will prove hardier than so far reported. This is one bamboo with a species name that is  descriptive of the plant: from the Latin albo, meaning white, and cereus for wax, describing the white waxy coating on the new culms. Very similar to B. papyrifera, but smaller.

photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2008
One year old cane on left, new shoot on right

Photo copyright Ian Connor 2003