Chocolate Bamboo

Borinda fungosa

Chocolate Bamboo - Borinda fungosa

Common Name: Chocolate Bamboo
Genus: Borinda
Species: fungosa

Category: Grasses & Bamboos
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting bark

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 6.00 m (600 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 3.00 m (300 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi Evergreen
Foliage Colour: Green

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

New canes emerge in early summer upright at first but becoming more arching under the weight of the unfurling light to mid-green leaves. When grown in sunnier spots the canes will slowly turn shades of rich chocoalte-red thus creating a wonderful contrast to the foliage. Formerly listed as a Fargesia it is a larger and more vigorous form and has been reclassified. It is still very rare here in the UK so it should appeal to aficionados and plant collectors.

Garden Care: Do not allow to dry out while the plant is getting established. Protect from cold drying winds.