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Phyllostachys nigra


Black Bamboo

Stunning black stems and ideal for growing in a container

An tall bamboo with striking shiny purplish-black canes clothed in dark green leaves that rustle in the wind. The young canes are dark-green at first and darken over the first two or three years.


This plant prefers full sun or partial shade, and makes an ideal screen. It is restrained in its growth, forming clumps so it does not spread as aggressively as other bamboo's. It does well in a large container.


It does best in rich, moist, well-drained soil. Water it regularly to keep the plant healthy and the leaves fresh. It will look great near water or in a woodland setting. Use a rigid non perishable membrane sunk into the soil to restrict the spread of the roots.

The black bamboo is native to central China and naturalised through other parts of Asia.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Bamboo
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Autumn, Spring, Summer, Winter
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 250 cm - 400 cm
Plant width 150 cm - 250 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 110 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Loam, Light sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Patio container

Check store availability

18 litre pot £64.99 Check Stock

Typically available

From February to September