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.
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.
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.