Phyllostachys nigra

Black Bamboo

(36 customer reviews)

£104.95

Famed for its iconic black mature canes, Phyllostachys nigra has become the most popular ornamental bamboo across the globe.

Black Bamboo makes for a striking choice of statement bamboo that can be utilised in a variety of ways into nearly any garden.

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Origin: China
Genus: Phyllostachys
Species / Cultivar: nigra
Common Name: Black Bamboo
Synonym: Bambusa nigra

Plant Biography

Native to China where it has a wide range of medicinal and culinary uses, Black Bamboo is also prized for its use in decorative wood working as it retains its gorgeous dark tones when dried.

Phyllostachys nigra is one of the most beloved and useful bamboos when designing a garden because of its unusual jet black culms. New culms emerge green every spring and gradually turn black in one to three years, creating a constant contrast of light and dark culms that is brought together by its slender, dark green leaves.

There’s endless ways to style it, but as a starting point it often looks great in gardens that have either a contemporary, Japanese-style or lush jungle aesthetic. Because of its unique appearance it looks best planted as a single statement specimen.

Phyllostachys nigra
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: High
Likely to require supplementary watering in warmer months, even once established.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
Eventual Height: 4-5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 2-3m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.

Expert Tip

When planted in a dry position Black Bamboo is unlikely to reach its full potential, often resulting in the leaves appearing burnt and the canes stunted.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Phyllostachys nigra is quite slow to spread, but is vigorous once established so nonetheless requires the installation of root barrier.

It needs a position with plenty of light, out of the wind, and plenty of watering to thrive.

Phyllostachys nigra requires the installation of root barrier to prevent it from becoming invasive.

I am so pleased with my black bamboo. It arrived quickly, was wrapped very well and was in excellent condition. More importantly it was exactly as the picture showed so I wasnt let down as is often the case when buying on-line.

C Short

I am so pleased with my black bamboo. It arrived quickly, was wrapped very well and was in excellent condition. More importantly it was exactly as the picture showed so I wasnt let down as is often the case when buying on-line.

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36 customer reviews for Phyllostachys nigra

Bought the Black Bamboo as a Birthday present it arrived promptly well packed and she loved it ! Will definitely deal with your company again .

A Dyer

Very pleased with the plants and with the service from the Palm Centre themselves. Not such great service from the courier used to deliver the plants but the Palm Centre were very helpful in getting the delay resolved.

K Kerr

Beautiful plants and great service, would definitely use this company again.

A Wileman

I am absolutely delighted with my bamboo and very very impressed with the customer service, a minor shipping issue was resolved quickly, courteously and with a degree of professionalism other web supplier would do well to emulate. I have recommended The palm Centre to many of my friends and I look forward to purchasing more impressive specimens from them.

Neil Bellamy