Borinda papyrifera CS 1046
A very impressive new introduction collected by Chris Stapleton at an elevation of 3300m. on Mt. Zi Ben Shan, Yunnan, China.
Quickly forms a large non-running clump of closely spaced, blue/grey culms of 5m. or considerably more and a diameter of about 3cm.
Great potential for ornamental use as a dramatic specimen plant or screen due to the intense colouration of its younger canes.
Its tolerance of winter temperatures in the UK is still being assessed but so far seems to be quite adequate. Believed to have withstood -15C
Borinda KR7613 is very comparable species..
Very limited availability.
Most forms oof Borinda have a waxy bloom on their young canes but the intensity of colour varies between species. Other bamboos which have developed good colouration on the nursery are Borinda perlonga, B. KR7662, B.KR7346., B. KR 5287, and Thamnocalamus crassinoda 'Gosainkund'.
Borinda papyrifera KR 3968 was collected by Keith Rushforth at a higher elevation so is expected to be a hardier form but at present its availability will be extremely limited.
Whitelea Nursery, Tansley, Matlock, Derbyshire. Telephone: 01629 55010