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Black bamboo

Phyllostachys nigra

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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 CharacteristicsLustrous black culms contrast with the green leaves.

CarePlant in a protected area in fertile, rich, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or light shade.

PropagationDivide in spring.

ProblemsRust and stem smut are common, while slugs and snails may attack emerging shoots.

  • Genus : Phyllostachys
  • Zones : 10, 11, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 10 to 15 feet
  • Plant Width : 6 to 10 feet
  • Foliage Color : Black
  • Uses : Containers
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Plant Type : Grasses
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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