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Phyllostachys nigra (Black bamboo)

Phyllostachys nigra Photo/Illustration: Steve Aitken

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Phyllostachys nigra fil-lo-STAK-iss NY-grah Common Name: Black bamboo 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.
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 Beds and Borders, Container, Screening, Specimen Plant/ Focal Point
Style Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Winter Interest, Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Grasses

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