Black Bamboo

Phyllostachys nigra
Maximum heigth 30′
Maximum diameter 2 inches
Cold hardy to 5 F

Another very popular bamboo, everyone seems to love Black bamboo.  With dark brown to black canes it is a very distinct bamboo.  It makes an ideal planting in the garden and is also a good screening bamboo. The canes are ideal for crafts and construction.  It is not as hardy as some and often suffers some top kill here in zone 7. It is a vigorous grower and spreads rapidly.

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A grove of Black Bamboo

Black bamboo canes

Black Bamboo canes

The canes of Black bamboo are green when they first come up in the spring. It usually takes about a year before they turn completely black. During the change they have a mottled look that is really beautiful.