Borinda is a small genus of clumping bamboos from the Himalayan plateau countries. They were moved from fargesia and other closely related genera in 1994 by plant taxonomist C.M. Stapleton, but the difference between borinda and the fargesia is slight and can only be seen when the plants are flowering. Borinda species are highly ornamental, fairly cold hardy (they are Himalayan after all), clumpers (pachymorphs) that will not take over your garden, and for a clumping bamboo they are fairly large. As a result, borindas are great bamboos for the Southeast US.
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Borinda is deer-resistant and prefers full or part sun and well-drained, moist soil but is otherwise not too picky. Borinda is a great genus for gardeners who might have an oriental themed garden, who want a well-behaved screening plant, who need a great container plant, or who just like bamboo. Combine borinda with other Asian plants such as hosta, brugmansia, athyrium, and liriope.
We strongly recommend that you buy clumping bamboo instead of the more common running bamboo types. The runners can make a nuisance of themselves in your garden and in your neighbors yard too. It can take expensive and time consuming measures to rein in running bamboos. Running bamboos are known to send shoots under roads or houses and pop up 40' away on the other side. What a headache! Plant Delights offers a small, but attractive selection of cold-hardy clumping bamboo for sale including bambusa, borinda, and fargesia. When you are ready to buy clumping bamboo for your garden, check out our list of clumping bamboo for sale below.
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The words "refined elegance" come to mind when you grow Borinda angustissima. The tight deer-resistant clumps of 1" canes (when mature) can eventually reach 15' tall and are adorned with airy, tiny green leaves highlighted by dark purple sheaths...simply delightful. Borinda angustissima was accessioned in 1993 by Dr. Jim Waddick in China's northern Sichuan Province near Huang Long Si. Our plants have survived our oppressively humid 107 degree F highs and lows of 15 degrees F with no ill effects. Borinda angustissima is very slow to establish, but really starts to take off in its third year. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
(syn: Yushania boliana) We have longed for hardy clumping bamboo of Sasquatch proportions, and thanks to Jackie Heinricher at Boo-Shoot Gardens, we have it. Our 3-year-old clumps of the deer-resistant Borinda boliana have already reached 10' tall, with 0.5-1" diameter arching blue-green culms. In warm temperate climates, mature plants of Borinda boliana should top out at 50' tall, so don't plant these under power lines or airline flight paths. Our Borinda boliana plants, however were burned back at 9 degrees F, despite prior information to the contrary. Conversely, they have thrived through 3 consecutive weeks of above 100 degrees F heat and humidity in full sun. We are ecstatic about this new bamboo...blue marlin-sized fishing poles, biomass fuel potential, and a quick way to hide your untidy neighbors! Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
Borinda macclureana is the latest addition to our widening selection of clumping bamboos, originating from a Keith Rushford collection from 11,000' elevation in Tibet. We planted our first trial plants of Borinda macclureana in 2007, and so far, so good...despite reports that it wouldn't withstand our brutally hot and humid summers. Our plants in full sun for a few hours each day actually look far better than our clump in shade. Borinda macclureana makes a 20' tall, slightly arching clump with 10" long leaves along the top of the purple stems. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)