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Black Bamboo

Phyllostachys nigra

Also known as

Whangee Cane, Kuro-Chiku, Bamboo

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H6

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

4m

Max

4m

2.5m

Min

2.5m

10 years to reach maturity

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Black Bamboo Overview

Phyllostachys nigra, known as Black bamboo, is an erect bamboo that grows 2.5-4 metres tall, reaching its ultimate height in 5-10 years. When the plants are still young they are greenish in colour and turn blackish-purple as they mature. Due to this blackish colour, this bamboo is widely cultivated as a garden ornamental. Black bamboo spreads rapidly via vegetative reproduction, forming suckers from the creeping underground stems called rhizomes. Due to its ability to rapidly reproduce and spread, black bamboo has been listed as a noxious weed in a few countries, especially areas that are warm and moist. Black bamboo grows well in moist but well-draining, loamy soil, in full sun or partially shaded positions. Plants can be propagated in spring by dividing and replanting the rhizomes. To keep the plants neat and tidy, prune away dead or damaged stems in early spring.

How to propagate Black Bamboo

Division

Plants can be propagated in spring by dividing and replanting the rhizomes.

Seed

Propagate from seeds in the spring or autumn.

Special features of Black Bamboo

Hedge plant

Other uses of Black Bamboo

Used for hedging as well as for ornamentation. The woody stems can have many uses.