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Borinda boliana

Max/Avg Height (ft.): 24, 18

Diameter: 1.5 inches

Hardiness: 10° F

USDA Zones: 8-9, Not recommended for climates with a lot of intense heat or high summer humidity (including most of the southern USA)

A Borinda (formerly Himalayacalamus intermedius) from Sichuan: one of the fastest growing and possibly largest of our temperate clumping bamboos.  Borinda boliana has feathery green leaves and gracefully arching canes. The new shoots are pale blue in color and don't clump as tightly as some of the other Borinda and Fargesia.  This plant can tolerate a fair amount of sun but prefers afternoon shade, especially in warmer climates.  It is easily capable of 20 foot canopy height and width in a mild climate such as coastal Oregon, California, and Washington. Probably the most cold tolerant bamboo in the Borinda genus. Allow ample space for this beauty.

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Mature Height Max / Avg. (ft.) in Zone 8
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Borinda boliana
24, 18