Phyllostachys nigra


Phyllostachys nigra  ever popular for its exotic black culms, is one of the most prized ornamental bamboos, and the harvested poles are coveted for use in artwork, furniture and crafts.  I think it’s the best of the Phyllostachys for container-growing, both for its beauty and its somewhat clumping form.  This bamboo is highly variable in appearance and habit, and there is some bit of controversy over which color and size differences are genetic, and which are environmentally induced.  Some forms color up faster, (new shoots emerge green, then turn black as they mature) more completely and darker than others, and mature sizes range from several to 50’, with a maximum culm diameter of about 3”.   I am growing a strain that colors up quickly, and grows to a height of about 20’ with a culm diameter of about 1”.  It may grow much larger depending on climate, exposure, water and nutrients.  In western Washington, it will grow in full sun to nearly full shade, but plants will be slower to spread and have more culms that lean or weep in shady areas.  To look its best, it needs somewhat acid soils, and thrives in a moist, organic, fertile medium.  Cold hardy to 0 degrees F.

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Phyllostachys nigra #3
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