Photo copyright: Ned Jaquith 2004
Maximum Height: 18 feet
Hardiness: 10° F
USDA zone 8 - 9,
climates with high heat and humidity (southeastern states).
One of the most cold hardy Borinda, B. utilis has
a fountain shape, with small, feather-like leaves cascading toward the
forest floor. The branches have a bright burgundy hue when exposed to direct
morning sun. The plant survives lower temperatures, perhaps as low as
5º F, but the youngest canes are damaged when the temperature drops below
20º F. It is a large plant, growing both 20 feet wide and 20 feet tall in a
mild climate, but can be pruned to desired width and height.
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