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Invasive black bamboo ! Help!

Question from Liz Brewer

In forum: Trees and shrubs

Hello fellow Shoot Gardeners / Designers ...

Help / guidance required.... we've just moved into our new home and inherited a lovely garden that has sadly been neglected for ten years. So much clearing and shaping and new planting to be done!!

However, in the garden there is the most beautiful section of Phyllostachys nigra, common name black bamboo. It's reached its maturity height wise, but the pesky runners are shooting out and coming up in the lawn looking like little pointing spears.

I'm planning on redesigning certain aspects of the garden and wondered whether the only way to keep this beautiful plant under control will be to dig a trench around it, line trench with a liner that can't be penetrated by roots / runners and fill with hardcore / concrete or something to restrict its roots and runners from going wherever they please.

Is this the best idea? Or can anyone else help with other thoughts?

Only slight concern is not knowing how far the roots and runners go down underground as our sceptic tank which has feeders is very close to where the bamboo grows and I don't want to dig into the feeders....!

Any help would be hugely appreciated.

Thank you


  • Posted: Fri. 2nd June 2017 14:11

Bamboo runners

Question from Michael Flynn

In forum: General

Hi, I have a 3 bamboos in my garden one I planted within concrete slabs as I knew it might be a runner. The other 2 Phyllostachys Nigra and another black bamboo I'm not sure the name of are both planted in the ground without restriction. I have recently seen endless gardening programmes highlighting the problem of bamboo being a runner that could take over your garden. They have been in place for a couple of years and there is no sign of them running as yet. My question is should I be worried and if I should be what is the best thing to do next to prevent it happening?
Thanks, Mike

  • Posted: Sat. 28th June 2014 16:20

Re: Windy coastal site

Message from Ashley Penn

In forum: Hardenbergia violacea

Hi Julie,

Lonicera sempervirens is quite tough. Its a twiner, so would need some support though. I'm afraid I'm no good on bamboos... Have used Phyllostachys nigra many times, but not in windy sites. Might get a bit battered.?

Hope you find something suitable.

Kind regards,


  • Posted: Thu. 7th February 2013 17:26

Re: Re: A bargin Phyllostachys nigra

Message from john

In forum: General

Thanks Barry, exactly what I wanted to here. Looking forward to seeing those black stems in a few years time.

  • Posted: Wed. 10th August 2011 08:40

Re: A bargin Phyllostachys nigra

Message from Barry Tabor

In forum: General

Yes, John, I think you did exactly the right thing, and probably the new plants will all get away nicely. £45 is not an unusual price for this plant, but £2 each is very unusual!! Pot up in freely draining soil, water and feed only moderately and plant out where you want them to grow when you see new shoots round the edge of the plant at ground level. They are pretty hardy, and will grow into clumps in a few years, and be very hard to dig out if you put them in the wrong place. You already know how tough the roots are. Lovely plants. Enjoy.

  • Posted: Tue. 9th August 2011 11:39

A bargin Phyllostachys nigra

Question from john

In forum: General

Ive been keen to own some black bamboo for a couple of years now but with a growing family Ive not wanted to pay out the kind of prices garden centres are asking. However this weekend while sifting through the 'SALE' items at my local garden centre I came across what I thought was the bargin of the century........a 10 litre pot of black bamboo reduced from £44.99 to £8.00, the large stems had been cut back so the top growth was thin and only about 3ft tall. When I got it home the pot was impossible to remove so I had to cut it off. Some of the new stems had spiralled around the root ball and wedged the plant in the pot. I decided to cut the plant into quarters to grow on. After doing this the spiralling stems came away from the rootball with a bit of muscle power, each with a fair bit of root growth on them. So now rather than 4 large potted peices I have about 30 small peices in smaller pots.
So, the question is, will these rooted peices grow into small plants, I cant see why they wouldnt but hopefully you have some experience or idea of how successful these 'cutting' will be.
Thanks for any advice,

  • Posted: Mon. 8th August 2011 11:27

Re: Suggestions for terrazzo containers (contemporary style)

Message from Valerie Munro

In forum: New to gardening

Thank you for attaching the photograph of your work in progress - this is extremely helpful

The limiting factor in the information that you have given about the planters along the back fence line is the width of the bed, I am assuming that you wish to have some height to cover the fence?

My first thoughts were to plant a line of Phyllostachys nigra (black stemmed bamboo), or P. aureosucculatra (yellow groove bamboo) which would grow quite quickly, and you could prune off any intrusive side shoots to expose those lovely shiney bamboo stems.

And then I thought of an evergreen climber - Trachelospermum jasminoides - but you will need to give it something to hang on to. It can be a little slow to get going, but once established it will give you attractive leaf cover all year round, with the added bonus of sweetly scented white flowers in the summer.

Going this route, you may find some spare spaces at the foot of the plant that you could populate with some small ornamental grasses such as Carex 'Evergold' or Festuca glauca, in a repeating pattern right across the garden.

I hope that this helps
Auntie Planty

  • Posted: Tue. 7th September 2010 17:18

make over

Message from mark bullock

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

hi rob,
i think if it were my garden my first priority wd be
to try & find out if it was possible to remove some
slabs near the edges of the area to open up some
possible planting pockets. they will definitely need alot of soil improvement if u can & planting something like fatsia & phyllostachys nigra (black bamboo) to give an instant exotic feel. the remaining naff slabs could be easily covered with crushed plum slate which is attractive all year round & far better to walk on than gravel. pots & trellises should do the rest.
i hope this helps!

  • Posted: Wed. 8th April 2009 07:58

Screening and shrubs for a small garden

Message from Mark Pumphrey

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

Screening plants that do not cast a heavy shade can be hard to identify but a plant I would suggest could be using a bamboo such as Phyllostachys nigra (black stemmed bamboo). They would provide the height breaking up some of the view beyond with the foliage being light enough to allow light through. They look fantastic up lit and would be very easy to maintain-ideal for first time gardeners and would have a modern look. Shrubs I would suggest for the raised bed could include Pittosporum Tom Thumb which has a very interest leaf changing from green to purple. Lavenders are also a good plant to use in a small garden providing scent as well as colour to the garden. Try to consider the style your daughter and son in law have within the house and design the garden in a corresponding manner reflecting their own taste. In a small garden it is important to use plants that provide many features such as being evergreen but offering flowers and interesting new growth colour-pieris would be ideal and by selecting a dwarf form such as 'Little Heath' it will not become too big. Limit the number of different plants distilling the selection can be difficult but it will provide a sharper look and will be easier to maintain providing the plants are grown in bold groups. Have a look at some of our images on our website and you will see how we have tried to achieve this.

  • Posted: Sat. 21st March 2009 11:31