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Phyllostachys nigra ‘Bory’ “Leopard Bamboo”, “Tiger Bamboo”, “Snakeskin Bamboo” – PHNG




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A larger, more upright relative of Black Bamboo, which, instead of turning black, develops large brown/black spots or patches on 3″ diameter green culms. It grows up to 50′ tall and takes temperatures down to -5 degrees. As with the other forms of Ph. nigra, ‘Bory’ has very beautiful structure and foliage. Excellent tolerance for summer heat, winter cold, and drought. Cut and cured canes become dark yellow to beige with black and brown mottling, which make them exceptionally beautiful for musical instruments, furniture and crafts.

  • Origin: China
  • Minimum Temperature: -5 F.
  • Size in climate of origin: 50’ tall, 3” diam
  • Sun/Shade: Full-day of sun down to a half-day of morning sun (3-5)
  • Recommended Uses: Tall screen or specimen plant
  • Shooting Season: Spring


  • Ideal growing conditions: Lots of direct sun, plenty of water and humidity, good drainage.
  • Acceptable growing conditions: Can reach about 20’ tall in shade, though slowly.


  • Size Locally in open ground: 30’ tall, 2” in diam
  • Size locally in contained spaces:  In a 24” wide space with a long length, may reach 20’ in height.

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