Photo copyright Ned Jaquith, Bamboo Garden 2007

 Photo copyright Noah Bell, 2006
Borinda lushiensis in a 5 gallon pot


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Borinda lushiensis
(also known as Yunan 4, Fargesia edulis)

Height: 25+?? feet
Diameter: 1.5 inches
Hardiness: 25F
Recommended for USDA zone 9, not for climates with high heat and humidity (southeastern states).

B. lushiensis is our newest member of the Borinda genus, and quite possibly the most remarkable.  Very rare and highly ornamental when grown in the right climate.

It is thriving in the UK to a height of just over 25 feet, making it among the largest of its genus. The new shoots, vibrant blue behind pink culm sheaths,  and the lush green leaves are its most distinguished features. It requires a sheltered and partially shady area to look its best. Unfortunately it is recognized as the least cold-hardy Borinda, hardy only to
25F
A mild West coast climate, such as the San Francisco Bay area, would be ideal if the plant is given adequate wind protection. It has a clumping, non-invasive root structure.  

 Photo copyright Noah Bell, Bamboo Garden, 2009


Photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2006
Close-up of young culm.