Photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2009
Phyllostachys nigra 'Bory'
Common names:  Bory,   Tiger Bamboo
Japanese name: Torachiku
Tora is Japanese for Tiger and chiku is Japanese for bamboo or "Wood-Grass" so it literally means Tiger Bamboo

Maximum Height: 50 feet,  35-40 avg.
Diameter: 3 inches
Hardiness: 5 F
USDA Zone recommended 7
through 10

Tiger Bamboo, as it is often called in Asia, is one of our most beautiful bamboos. Like other forms of Phyllostachys nigra, the culms are green when they first emerge from the ground. Within months they acquire the darkish-brown patches that give this bamboo such a distinctive appearance.  For us, Tiger bamboo grows taller and thicker than black bamboo. The culms of this bamboo are used extensively in Japanese woodworking. They are prized for use in teahouses. Other bamboo are treated with acid to achieve the same look.

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Photo copyright: Ned Jaquith, 2004
A grove of Bory at the Bamboo Garden


Photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2009

   Close up look at the Bory pattern

Photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2012
A robin has found a safe place to build a nest among the Bory branches.

Photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2009
   Close up look at the Bory pattern

 Photo copyright: Ned Jaquith, 2000
   Colorful Bory canes.