Phyllostachys nigra

Black Bamboo

(33 customer reviews)

From £69.95 £52.46

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.

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.

You may also like…

33 customer reviews for Phyllostachys nigra

Stunning Bamboo. Great price. Came quick. Arrived safely, well protected and very pleased with the size, thank you! I will most definitely order again.

Amrik kaur (verified owner)

Quality of the bamboo plant i ordered is not the best. Has a fair few dying leaves and is just not what i was expecting at all.

Palm Centre reply: We’re sorry your experience with us has not been the best in this instance. We are doing our best to provide customers with great quality plants, however it seems in this instance we have failed you. The bamboo is shedding quite a lot of foliage at this time of the year as new growth is coming through, and some of the branches do, indeed look bare. However they are full of new buds that will start unfolding in a matter of weeks.

Benjamin Bamborough (verified owner)

Excellent service, kept up to date with the order process from start to finish. Plants arrived healthy and well packaged.

Julia K.

This bamboo is stunning. I was sent three pots which were green, luscious and tall! Customer service was great and the price was unbeatable (I did a lot of shopping around). I would order more but my dont have any space left!

Michael O.

Arrived safely, well protected and lovely plants. Very pleased with the size, thank you!

Andrew G.

Purchased 8 specimens and really pleased with 7 of the plants received. Unfortunately, one specimen was more sparse than the others therefore this order was a free replacement.
The customer service was outstanding and they quickly dispatched this order. The specimen received was the best. I would highly recommend this company and I will now be a repeat customer since they have my full confidence in any order I place.

Darren F.

Lovely healthy plants delivered on time and well wrapped have brought another one after I purchased the first two


Extremely pleased with the quality of these bamboos. Excellent delivery service too, would definitely use again & recommend to others .

David B.

Received in excellent condition, excellent packaging, just about to order more, thank you Palmcentre.

Annabelle H.

Bamboo delivery was delayed by courier service but palm centre advisor was polite, courteous and answered my multitude of questions.
Bamboo was exceptional specimen, tall and very healthy looking.
I bought same bamboo at same price from another supplier and it was a third of the size!! I will not make that mistake it future!!
I am really pleased with my black bamboo plant and will definitely be buying from the Palm Centre again.

Joanne S.

Gorgeous bamboo plants, just ordered another ! Think I’m hooked!
Great service thank you very much

Ann W.

Ive ordered so much of this bamboo my neighbours think Ive got a panda!

As with all plants from the Palmcentre the bamboo is well packed and healthy on arrival. This is a clumping bamboo so youve no worries about it spreading too far and getting out of hand.

I like bamboo as with its height its great for adding privacy to your garden and is visually more interesting than a typical hedge.

Ian H.

Great looking bamboo, really securely packaged, whilst not damaging to the plant.

James L.

I was not expecting such kindness when two plants were replaced. A big thank you. A very happy customer

Sian R.

Absolutely awesome black bamboo . The plant arrived the next day & well exceeded my expectations.
A beautiful large healthy black bamboo …will definitely use the Palm Centre again .
Thank you

Julie C.

Amazing service and amazing quality. Arrived quickly was kept updated with time and date of arrival. Plants exactly as described on website if not slightly larger. Highly recommended . Bought a few to screen off fence are planted and doing well. Good value for money cheaper than I have seen in other garden centres

Becky M.

Good size, well packed, good product and decent price

David R.

The plants were as described, however, one of them dried. I dont know why because they were well packaged, maybe during the transportation. However, it was quickly replaced with another healthy one.
Excellent customer services. Thanks.

Teresa L.

A great plant, arrived on time and well packaged.


Arrived very well packaged – lovely and bushy looking already!

Tory Hayward

Absolutely delighted with the quality of the plant – just as described on your website. It looks great in the garden. Your staff were most helpful when I called with a query. Excellent!

Maureen Howard

The best service possible. Very friendly staff on the phone to help answer my questions before and after purchasing and they even delayed delivery while I was on holiday. The plant arrived superbly wrapped and was such a joy unpacking it to find a beautiful healthy specimen. It has now been repotted and is taking pride of place on my patio. Will definitely be using The Palm Centre again.

George Rees

Received my plant in excellent condition and extremely healthy. I had recently purchased one from homebase before knowing about the palm centre and realised that was a huge mistake! The bamboofrom the palm centre is absolutely gorgeous and clearly so well taken care of. I highly recommend them and wished I had purchased all my bamboo plants from them!

S Flash

Excellent plant specimen, tall, healthy, and great value, well packed, and fast delivery. Best bamboo Ive ever bought.

W. Ogilvie

Very efficient Company from ordering to delivery. Good quality plant wrapped really well to protect in transit. Would definitely use The Palm Centre again.

David Street

Ordered 3 of the small black bamboo plants. Beautiful, healthy plants and great customer
service from the Palm Centre. Would definitely recommend and use again.

Vanessa Gossage

Well packed and watered before shipping. In good condition, pretty large!


Excellent plants and delivery, would certainly recommend The Palm Centre

Sue McAllister

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. Thank you, I will definitely purchase from you again.

C Short

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