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Phyllostachys vivax 'Basinigra'
Common name: Black Spot Vivax

Maximum Height: 70 feet
Typical height in USA: 40 to 50 feet
Diameter: 3 to 5 inch canes
Hardiness: -5 F
USDA Zone recommended 6 through 10

This unusual form of P. vivax develops "Bory-like" coloration near the base of the culm. It is not as consistent as Bory, but interesting, none the less, because of the large diameter culms inherent to all forms of vivax. This is one of the plants we grew from the seed we collected from the vivax at our old nursery in Milwaukie Oregon. It was the first new bamboo variety originated at Bamboo Garden. P. nigra 'Bory' and P. glauca 'Yunzhu' have similar variations, but each type looks unique in its own way.  (see comparison below)

photos copyright: Noah Bell, Bamboo Garden 2019

Phyllostachys glauca 'Yunzhu'

Phyllostachys vivax 'Basinigra'

Phyllostachys nigra 'Bory'