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Phyllostachys nigra (Black bamboo)

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Time to maturity
10-20 years
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Botanical name: Phyllostachys nigra

Other names: Black bamboo, Whangee cane, Kuro-chiku

Genus: Phyllostachys

Species: P. nigra - P. nigra is a clump-forming bamboo with glossy black stems and green, lance-shaped leaves.

Phyllostachys nigra is: Evergreen

Foliage: Green, Yellow-green in All seasons

Habit: Arching, Upright

Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

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General care

Pruning: Remove dead or damaged stems and thin out to show off stems to best effect.. REGISTER to read more...

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Phyllostachys nigra (Black bamboo) will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 2.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses: Architectural, Hedging/Screens, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation: Can be an invasive grower. Plant in fertile, humus-rich and moist but well-drained soil, in full sun or part shade. Best to protect from cold drying winds. If planted in a container use a loam-based compost and feed with a balanced liquid fertiliser.

Soil type: Loamy

Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Aspect: South, West

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)

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