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Giant Blue Clumping Bamboo

Borinda boliana

One of the fastest growing and largest of the temperate clumping bamboos, this beauty from China is also possibly the most cold tolerant in its genus. Feathery green leaves and gracefully arching canes have new shoots that are pale blue in color. Clumps easily reach to 20 feet high, making an excellent hedge or screen.
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Partial sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical Pronunciationbor-IN-duh boh-lee-AY-nuh
Average Size at MaturityFast growing to 20 ft. tall and wide in 10 years; larger with age.
Bloom TimeDoes not flower
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBarrier, Green Wall, Hedge, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen
Light NeedsPartial sun
Special FeatureClump Forming, Clumping Bamboo, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

Adaptable to most soil types; prefers humus-rich, well drained soil. Best with some afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-9

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