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Phyllostachys nigra (Black bamboo)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
4m
Max height
4m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Phyllostachys nigra

Other names

Black bamboo, Whangee cane, Kuro-chiku

Genus

Phyllostachys Phyllostachys

Species

P. nigra - P. nigra is a clump-forming, suckering, evergreen bamboo with glossy, black canes, green when young, and long, narrowly lance-shaped, green leaves.


Phyllostachys nigra is: Evergreen

Habit

Suckering, Arching

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Foliage

Green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs Slugs

General care

Pruning

Remove dead or damaged stems and thin out to show off stems to best effect. Promptly remove any flowering shoots.

Propagation methods

Division


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Where to grow

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

Suggested uses

Hedging/Screens, Containers, Architectural

Cultivation

Plant in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or part shade. Protect from cold, drying winds. Alternatively, grow in a container in loam-based compost, feeding once a month in growth. Site carefully as may become invasive in favourable growing conditions.

Soil type

Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Phyllostachys nigra

Other names

Black bamboo, Whangee cane, Kuro-chiku

Genus

Phyllostachys Phyllostachys

Species

P. nigra - P. nigra is a clump-forming, suckering, evergreen bamboo with glossy, black canes, green when young, and long, narrowly lance-shaped, green leaves.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Suckering, Arching

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Foliage

Green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs

General care

Pruning

Remove dead or damaged stems and thin out to show off stems to best effect. Promptly remove any flowering shoots.

Propagation methods

Division


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

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

Suggested uses

Hedging/Screens, Containers, Architectural

Cultivation

Plant in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or part shade. Protect from cold, drying winds. Alternatively, grow in a container in loam-based compost, feeding once a month in growth. Site carefully as may become invasive in favourable growing conditions.

Soil type

Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

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June 2016

(17/10/2011)

planted 2009

for restricting the roots

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