Black Bamboo

Phyllostachys nigra

Black Bamboo

Phyllostachys nigra

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How are the heights measured?

All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.

What is a gallon container?

Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.

How does the delivery process work?

All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!

Why are some states excluded from shipping?

The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.

About Me


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.

Plant Hardiness Zones 6-9
Mature Width 5-10
Mature Height 15-25
Zones 6-9

The Black Bamboo plant is one of the best privacy screen trees available. Fast growth is one hallmark of this bamboo, which enables it to create dense, upright privacy walls within just a few short growing seasons. The Black Bamboo’s biologic structure also helps it create these walls with little space. Instead of buying and installing an unsightly fence, plant a few Black Bamboo plants. These will provide the same protection while also including a living wall on your property!

The Black Bamboo is also enjoyed for its physical beauty. Dark-gray to black canes hold bright green bamboo leaves upright, creating a contrast template that can be used in a variety of both indoor and outdoor design landscapes. You will not need to put in a lot of work with the Black Bamboo, which remains within its planted area and maintains its own growth and appearance with ease. Plant this no-nonsense Bamboo tree today.

Growing Black Bamboo

The Black Bamboo is a fast-growing tree, and it can gain as much as 10 to 12 feet of upward growth in a single season with ideal weather conditions. No matter where you live, you can expect a fast-growing Bamboo plant. Like most plants, the Black Bamboo’s growth rate is tied to the climate, food, water, and daily care offered to the plant. As it reaches maturity, expect between 15 to 25 feet of height. Its width is narrower, only 5 to 10 feet wide, making it ideal for smaller spaces. Black Bamboos grow well in USDA Hardiness Zones 6-9 and prefers well-drained soil.

Using as a Privacy Screen

Black Bamboo is best known for its fast-growing privacy screen benefits. Privacy barriers and wind screens have become quite popular in the United States. As new buildings and homes go up, homeowners find themselves face-to-face with unwanted sights and sounds in their own backyards. Some of these landowners choose to build a fence; however, the savvy homeowner knows that a living wall of plant life is far more enticing than an unsightly metal or wooden fence. Thus, they choose to plant a privacy screen. The Black Bamboo is perfect for this task – fast-growth, easy maintenance, and small spaces are all calling cards for this stunning Bamboo plant. With a little as 3 to 4 feet, you can expect the Black Bamboo to reach heights of 15 to 25 feet. It will do it quickly, too! Fast-growth, of up to 12 feet a year, is not unheard of for this Bamboo.


The Black Bamboo is also loved for its appearance; striking dark shades of gray and black complement the lively green of the tree’s leaves. Many gardeners have small spaces in the garden where the Black Bamboo can accent the landscape. Even urban homeowners with no garden space love the Black Bamboo as a houseplant, where it thrives in containers or on small patios. Varied design styles utilize the Black Bamboo for the color, shape, and texture it adds to the design palate.

Planting and Initial Care

After buying your Black Bamboo specimen from The Tree Center, the next most important step is to engage in proper planting. First, find a suitable location where your Bamboo will flourish – full sun, dappled shade, or partial shade – your Bamboo is adaptable to a variety of sunlight exposures. Next, dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball. The hole should be just as deep as the root ball, which will allow the sapling room to settle over time. Once the hole has been dug, simply hold the tree vertically in the hole and backfill with soil and water. If using mulch, apply a 3-inch layer in a 3-foot radius around the base of your tree. If you are planting the Black Bamboo as a privacy screen, simply plant each specimen in holes between 3 and 4 feet apart, creating a row of Black Bamboos as long as needed.

Luckily, this popular privacy tree and accent plant is easy to grow and requires little special treatment. Unlike other Bamboos, the Black Bamboo is not known for rampant growth or poor behavior. Despite this lack of reputation, it can be beneficial to use root barriers around the Bamboo plot. Root barriers can be inserted into the soil and keep the rhizomes in check.

Buying Black Bamboo at The Tree Center

Caution! Not all Black Bamboo plants are the same. Watch out for bare-rooted plants and branch cuttings, as these will not develop into high-quality trees. Even worse, many arborists will replace the Black Bamboo with cheaper varieties in an attempt to cut costs. Oftentimes, these replacement plants will lack the very qualities that make the Black Bamboo wonderful! Choose instead to buy your Black Bamboo from The Tree Center.

With a reputation for the best care, our staff ensure that your vulnerable young Bamboo tree is provided exquisite maintenance during the initial stages of growth. Highly-trained botanists help to inform both our care practices and purchasing practices, and we translate this knowledge to you. Buy your Black Bamboo from The Tree Center today and trust that our early care matched with your home care will help your Black Bamboo grow to be the best it can.

The Tree Center has a wide range of Black Bamboo trees to choose from. Get the best of the breed by buying your Black Bamboo from us today. But hurry! The Tree Center’s stock is always changing. As one of the biggest suppliers of Black Bamboos, we know how quickly stores will no longer have the Black Bamboo. Order your specimen from The Tree Center today before our supplies run out.

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Black Bamboo

Phyllostachys nigra