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Borinda lushiensis

(Also known as Yunan 4, Fargesia edulis)

Max/Avg Height (ft.): 25+?, 25

Diameter: 1.5 inches

Hardiness: 25° F

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

B. lushiensis is our newest member of the Borinda genus, and quite possibly the most remarkable.  Very rare and highly ornamental when grown in the right climate.

It is thriving in the UK to a height of just over 25 feet, making it among the largest of its genus. The new shoots, vibrant blue behind pink culm sheaths,  and the lush green leaves are its most distinguished features. It requires a sheltered and partially shady area to look its best. Unfortunately it is recognized as the least cold-hardy Borinda, hardy only to 25°F.  A mild West coast climate, such as the San Francisco Bay area, would be ideal if the plant is given adequate wind protection. It has a clumping, non-invasive root structure.  

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Borinda lushiensis
25+?, 25