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Black Bamboo

Bamboo cane

Phyllostachys Nigra is a bamboo that has black to a malted color canes with beautiful green leaves. Nigra Black is one of the 150+ species of running bamboo we grow. To see more plants click here

Phyllostachys nigra 'Black' bamboo
Bamboo sale

2 gallon sizes (2'-3' tall)  $39 
3 gallon sizes  (4' -6' tall) $69 

Available Sizes

This special will only be available for a limited time while supplies last.

1-877-RZN-CANE or 205-292-0536 

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Black Bamboo

Phyllostachys nigra

Plant introduction number (PI) into the U.S. 77257

Average mature size  2" x  30'      Hardy to 5 F
Sun To Part Shade

Introduced in 1827, black bamboo became the first hardy oriental bamboo. The legendary 'Black' is native to Taiwan and China it can withstand temps. to -4 F. Top and foliage damage occurs in the low teens during dry winds.
New canes emerge green and turn ebony black within two years. This is reported to be the only species the culm turns a true ebony in color.  The culm sheath have wavy blades with prominent oral setae, auricles and ligules. Black bamboo should be protected from wind if possible. The culms are not as erect in shaded sides as some other species and tend to weep or arch over. Pruning can correct this behavior.
Foliage loss occurs at 0 to -5 degrees F.  with complete top kill of canes at around -10 to -15 degrees F.  

I recommend this species for USDA Climate Zones 7 and 8.  It is being grown successfully in climate zone 6  with moderate top damage during the harsh winter months.

Climate Zone 7 expect mature size canes to be over 30 feet in height.
Climate Zone 6 expect mature size canes to be 16 feet in height.

Bamboo sale

2 gallon Black Bamboo (2'-3'tall) $39
3 gallon Black Bamboo (4'-6' tall) $69

Available Sizes

Climate Zone 6 or warmer
Sun to Slightly Shaded

15 to 100 gallon sizes 
Large plant sizes are available for delivery by us or can be picked up.
To order or if can help in anyway,
please call us at 1-877-RZN-CANE
or 205-292-0536

Questions about this bamboo?
New to bamboo and want to learn more, try our bamboo basics
Phyllostachy nigra 'Black' bamboo
           Here is a picture from inside of a grove of black bamboo.

Determine your climate zone

Climate zone map

In USDA Climate Zone 7 expect mature size canes to be over 30 feet in height.
In USDA Climate Zone 6 expect mature size canes to be 16 feet in height.
Not recommend for UDSA Climate Zone 5 or colder.
 Sun to Slightly Shaded conditions.

Bamboo cane

If you are interested in black bamboo poles, click here.

Inside a grove.

 Phyllostachys nigra (Black Bamboo) can grow up to a height of 30 feet with a diameter of 2 inches. It's minimum temperature tolerance is estimated at 0 degrees. It is recorded growing in Maryland and Washington, D.C., but slow to reach it's maximum height there.

This bamboo tends to weep or lean out from the grove with rain or snow. Some pruning of the tops of the culms helps prevent this. The new green culms turn darker as they are exposed to sunlight. The wood is of high quality and used by many craftsmen.

Culms turning black. 

15 gallon containers of 'Black'

Below is another holding area of 3 gallon sizes ready to ship now.

Our normal retail price is $99 for a large 3 gallon size, now we are offering these for $69. While they last we have 4 to 6 foot tall sizes that have great root growth.

Indise a grove P. nigra 'Black' bamboo.

Below are some
15 gallon sizes that are burlaped and ready to be delivered
to a customer.

Phyllosctachys nigra 'Black'




Above is one holding area with of our 3 gallon sizes
that are ready to be shipped. Below are more of the 3 gallon size 'Black'. 

Below is one of our Buddha sitting in a grove of P. nigra Black Bamboo.

Buddha sitting in P. nigra Black bamboo
 P. nigra is a favorite garden ornamental in China and Japan. Those who grow this bamboo in Western gardens are charmed by it's graceful habits and by the sharp contrast of color provided by the dark culms and green foliage. This beautiful bamboo does not like wind and the foliage can be damaged at temperatures 10 degree F. if a dry wind is present, so it needs to be planted in a protected place. It size does well as a potted bamboo as long as it is placed in a cool place in the winter to have a dormant period.

Phyllostachys nigra 'Black' bamboo.

Pictured below are some 15 gallon P. nigra 'Black'.

These larger sizes help get your grove started fast.

Mail order black bamboo

Above are some mail order sizes of black bamboo.

Owner, Roger Jr. holding a mature culm of P. nigra 'Black'

Email   roger@lewisbamboo.com
To order just call 1-877-RZN-CANE.

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