photo copyright: Noah Bell, Bamboo Garden, 2011

The new culms on this plant are 16 to 19 feet tall, with 1" diameter! (note the progression of age from bottom picture to top)

2008


Photo copyright: Dain Sansome, 2006

Borinda macclureana in Summer colors


  Photo copyright Ned Jaquith, 2005
Borinda macclureana in Fall colors


 

Borinda macclureana

Height: 18-20 feet, Maximum Height: 25 feet
Diameter: 1 inch
Hardiness: 10F
Recommended for USDA zone 8b through 9, not for climates with high heat and humidity (southeastern states).

A very interesting new addition to the Borinda genus, B. macclureana has lush green foliage, and proven to be fairly cold hardy in the Pacific Northwest. Tall and vigorous, but tightly clumping, non-invasive rhizome structure. Culms gently arching with large, elegant foliage draping from purple branches. It is taller than previously thought; the new culms measured 16 to 19 feet in 2008. (see photo on left) Our friends in Europe report that it has achieved 26 feet. The new leaves at the top of the new culms can be very large, up to 10 inches long by 1.5 inches wide. The leaves are pubescent on the lower surface (baring millions of microscopic hairs) making it resistant to bamboo mites and other pests. It requires a sheltered and partially shaded area to look its best, though can probably tolerate a fair amount of sun exposure in the Pacific Northwest.. Collected by Keith Rushford in Tibet, at an elevation close to 11,000 feet. (KR # 5177)

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#1, #2, and #5 size B. macclureana

Photo copyright: Dain Sansome, 2006
showing purple branches and large foliage


Photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2006
Sparse winter foliage with a light coating of frost.