Black Bamboo

Phyllostachys nigra

Black Bamboo - Phyllostachys nigra

Common Name: Black Bamboo
Genus: Phyllostachys
Species: nigra

The Greek translation of the word Phyllostachys refers to spike like flowers this plant produces.

Category: Grasses & Bamboos
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting bark, Has interesting foliage, Suitable for growing in containers, Provides winter colour
Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 5.00 m (500 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 3.00 m (300 cm)

Foliage Type: Evergreen
Foliage Colour: Green

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

One of the most elegant bamboos with polished, damson-black mature canes and dark green leaves. The slender arching canes which are dark green for the first two or three years look perfect in a contemporary minimalist garden, particularly if the low-growing foliage is stripped. Although this is not one of the more vigorous and invasive bamboos it is advisable to restrict the roots using a rigid non-perishable barrier to prevent the plant from colonising adjacent plantings.

Garden Care: Plant in a large container or surround the roots with a non-perishable barrier that restricts the plant's spread. Water regularly until established. Bamboos do not like competition so are best planted en masse in a designated area of the garden.


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