Black bamboo

Phyllostachys nigra

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Aitken
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Black bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra)
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Genus:  Phyllostachys
This clumping bamboo is native to eastern and central China and can reach 15 feet tall and almost as wide. After two or three years, slender green culms turn a lustrous black. The foliage is abundant and dark green, making a stunning combination with the stems. Grow as screening, in large containers, or in a woodland setting where the stems can be appreciated.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Lustrous black culms contrast with the green leaves.
Care:  Plant in a protected area in fertile, rich, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or light shade.
Propagation:  Divide in spring.
Problems:  Rust and stem smut are common, while slugs and snails may attack emerging shoots.

Overview

Height
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Spread
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Foliage Color
Black
Uses
Container,
Beds and Borders,
Screening,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Grasses

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