Black Bamboo

Thu, Apr 10, 2008


Black Bamboo - Phyllostachys nigra

Latin name: Phyllostachys nigra

Description: Highly architectural plants giving stature to the garden as well as flowing form. Clump-forming and normally well behaved bamboo with green canes (culms) when juvenile, turning jet-black with age. Although this is currently the most popular bamboo, there are contless others that are well worth trying. P. bambusoides ‘Allgold’ for instancer has bright golden yellow to deep orange canes – an absolute stunner!

Hardiness: Hardy to -15C and lower

Height: 4-8m

Full sun position with plenty of air circulation

Soil: Well-drained garden soil that doesn’t get saturated in the winter

Water: Water to establish, then fairly drought tolerant when mature

Usage: Bamboos are attractive all year, hence should be planted in a dominant position, though their eventual size must be taken into consideration

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