Fargesia nitida ‘Black Pearl’
Black Fountain Bamboo
Fargesia nitida ‘Black pearl’ is a striking clump forming bamboo with graceful upright canes in tones of green and dark purple-black holding a distinctive arching canopy of lush fresh green foliage up to around 3-4 metres tall.
The Fountain Bamboo is a cold hardy and evergreen bamboo, that does best in dappled shade, sheltered from strong winds and supplied with good irrigation. The ‘Black Pearl’ cultivar has dark purple to almost black canes which provide pleasing contrast with its green foliage.
Originally from China, the Szechwan province, the Fargesia nitida family of bamboo has always been the staple food for the giant panda bears.
It’s common name, the Fountain bamboo, is descriptive of its thin canes habit to arch down under their own weight.
The ‘Black Pearl’ cultivar has been selectively grown to have almost black canes that contrast with the bright green evergreen foliage. These dark canes make it a good alternative to Phyllostachys nigra.
Care & Size Guidance
Ideally planted in part shaded areas, the Black Fountain Bamboo is ideal for screening as it grows in a compact way.
Fargesia nitida family is a clump forming family of bamboo, and it does not require a root barrier installed to contain it.