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Black Bamboo

Phyllostachys nigra

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Black Bamboo

Phyllostachys nigra

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Tolerates Acidic Soil
Tolerates Alkaline Soil

Botanical Name

Phyllostachys nigra

Outdoor Growing zone


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Mature Width


Sun needs

Full Sun, Partial Sun

As if bamboos were not exotic enough already, imagine one with dense, shiny black stems contrasting with bright green leaves. Black Bamboo gives you that stunning combination on a rapidly growing plant that will not spread but will stay as a dense clump just way you want it.

• Hardy to zero degrees
• Thrives in sun or shade
• Grows three feet a week without spreading sideways
• Wonderful instant screening plant
• Perfect for large containers too

Some large bamboos can be bullies and take over, but Black Bamboo is a gentle giant that will shoot up to 30 feet yet stay where you put it, just slowly expanding into a dense clump of exotic stems and rustling evergreen foliage. Each spring new shoots will burst from the ground and grow three feet a week to reach 20 feet or more in just a few weeks. The shiny ebony stems bring a wonderful richness to your garden and make an eye-catching container plant too.

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