Friday, October 28, 2011

Borinda maclureana....a good new clumping bamboo hardy in USDA Zone 8a-7b (at least)

The literature sugget 8-b-9, but these plants have been through two legitimate 7-b winters. They're under irrigation but otherwise they aren't in amy way pampered. I stuck them into the middle of a large bed and looked in from time to time. Apparently it worked; all of a sudden they look good. They're attractive plants with larger "leaves" then most "hardy bamboos". The leaves are reminiscent of another grass, one we don't particularly like to see; they look a lot like Stiltgrass, Microstegium imineum, with than subtle midrib. ??? The overall shape of the plant is also nice, they grow up but arch to one side: very attractive. I like grasses that grow tdirectionally like Hakonechloa. Our are still young but from what I read, we can expect them to grow to 20 feet or more.

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