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Phyllostachys nigra 'Boryana' (Tiger Bamboo)

Tiger Bamboo, Leopard Bamboo, Snakeskin Bamboo, Black Bamboo 'Boryana', Phyllostachys nigra 'Bory', Phyllostachys boryana, Running Bamboo


Phyllostachys nigra 'Boryana' (Tiger Bamboo) is a very distinctive evergreen bamboo with tall, upright canes spotted with green and brown. Olive green at first, the culms, 2 in. wide (5 cm), quickly become spotted with dark brown, then take on a dark shiny brown color over a 2-3 year period. They tend to arch heavily from midlength and contrast beautifully with the short and narrow, pointed leaves, up to 5 in. (12 cm). The exceptional wood quality and straight culms of this large timber bamboo make it ideal for construction. In Japan, the culms of this bamboo are prized for use in teahouses. More vigorous than the species, this running bamboo makes an outstanding specimen or focal point in the landscape. It can also be used as a screen and can be grown in containers. Hardiness: 14 to -4ºF (-10 to -20ºC)

  • Grows up to 15-25 ft. tall (4-8 m) and 8-15 ft. wide (2-5 m).
  • A full sun or partial shade lover, it is best grown in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soils. Best planted in an open position. May remain clump-forming in poor or dry soils but can become invasive in warm, moist or optimum conditions.
  • Great choice as an accent plant, for hedges and screens and containers.
  • Virtually pest and disease free. Deer are generally not problematic.
  • Remove weak, dead, damaged or spindly stems in spring and thin to show off stems to best effect. Cut out any flowering shoots promptly to discourage more from forming.
  • Propagate by division in spring.
  • Native to China

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 11
Heat Zones 4 – 11
Plant Type Bamboos
Plant Family Bamboos
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 15' – 25' (4.5m – 7.5m)
Spread 8' – 15' (240cm – 4.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 11
Heat Zones 4 – 11
Plant Type Bamboos
Plant Family Bamboos
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 15' – 25' (4.5m – 7.5m)
Spread 8' – 15' (240cm – 4.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers

Great Plant Combination Ideas with Bamboos

Guides with Bamboos

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