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Borinda fungosa - Chocolate Bamboo

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Bamboo
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae) (Grasses)
Origin: China (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [Fargesia fungosa]
Height: 12-14 feet
Width: Clumping
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Borinda fungosa (Chocolate Bamboo) - A medium small-sized clumping bamboo that has 12 to 15 foot tall narrow dark reddish-brown culms that rise vertically, then bend over gracefully under the weight of the foliage, which emerges from clusters of branchlets at the upper culm joints. Culm sheaths are pale pinkish in color and add to the beauty of this plant. Plant in full to part sun along coast and protect with shade inland. Water regularly. Hardy to 15 F. A relatively recent introduction from northeastern Yunnan, China, where it grows from 6,000 to 9,000 feet and the culms are used for weaving. The name for the genus honors Dr Norman Bor, Head of the Grasses Section and Deputy Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Kew Botanist Chris Stapleton proposed that this plant be moved to the new genus Borinda in 1998 but the name has not garnered general acceptance and the current name listed on The Plant List, the collaboration between the Royal Botanic Garden Kew and Missouri Botanic Garden (MOBOT) remains Fargesia fungosa. Our original stock was from Suncrest Nurseries who selected this dark chocolate clone from plants raised from seeds provided by the late Dr. Xue Ji-ru of the Southwestern Forestry College. Since we received this plant as Borinda fungosa we continue to list it under this name.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Borinda fungosa.