Phyllostachys nigra 'Bory'
Leopard Bamboo, aka Snakeskin or Tiger Bamboo is a part of the Phyllostachys genus. It's culms have some of the most interesting color patterns of all bamboo species. The culms will start out bright green in color and will start to develop dark patches within the first couple months. It is a close relative to Black Bamboo and thrives in many parts of Northern California. Leopard bamboo will do well in shaded areas, and direct sunlight alike. The unique color patterns make Leopard Bamboo one of the most unusual species in the Bamboo family.
It is a running bamboo, which means that it is invasive by nature. It can send rhizomes up to 20 feet in any direction of the main plant in a single growing season. These will have to be contained if a shoot pops up in an undesirable location.
English Name: Leopard or Snakeskin Bamboo
Max Height: 50' (16 m)
Max Diameter: 3 inches (8 cm)
Minimum Temp: 0°F (-18°C)
Light Exposure: Full sun
Rhizome System: Running