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Bright green leaves contrast with the shiny black bamboo culms of Phyllostachys nigra in southern China | Heartwood Seeds UK
The beautiful shiny chocolate brown canes of a Phyllostachys nigra Black Bamboo show why it has the RHS Award of Garden Merit
Beautiful shiny chocolate-brown canes and narrow lanceolate leaves of a tall evergreen Phyllostachys nigra Black Bamboo clump
Phyllostachys nigra Black Bamboo seeds
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Phyllostachys nigra (Black Bamboo) | 20 Seeds | £3.49

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Phyllostachys nigra - (Black Bamboo) 

A tall, evergreen, clump-forming bamboo (within temperate climates) with beautiful canes starting off green, turning to a shiny chocolate-blackish-brown, with narrow-lanceolate leaves up to 12 cm in length


Native to southern China


This clumping bamboo has been given the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Award of Garden Merit (AGM)


Can form a clump of up to 8-13 feet tall (2.5-4 m) within temperate Europe.  Please note that within warmer regions of the world, they will eventually form some rhizome runners — and can even do so in cooler climates after they age, so tree root barriers can help keep the clumps stay more localised.


Hardy to around -15 to -10ºC (5-14ºF), sometimes colder, but the key is to keep the soil on the dry side during any frost


Bamboo seeds are not always available due to worldwide shortages of most species; this is because they rarely flower, sometimes only every 30 to even 100 years (called gregarious flowering)


Please note: full germination instructions are printed on each pack


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Genus: Phyllostachys


Species: nigra


English name: Black Bamboo


Plant type: Clump-forming bamboo within temperate climates / sending out some runners within warmer climates or as they age


Eventual height: 8-13 feet (2.5-4 m)


Season of Interest: All seasons


Hardiness: Hardy to -15 to -10ºC (5-14ºF), sometimes colder with protection; keep soil on drier side during frost


Shelter: from very cold winds


Sun Exposure: Eventually full sun to partial-shade - but keep plants under 1 year old out of direct sunlight


Soil: Moist, fertile and well-drained; water well in hotter months


Propagation methods: Seeds, or division of clumps




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Customer Reviews

Based on 14 reviews
Tim Mark Grant
Tim - Norfolk

seeds dispatched very quickly, good instructions, first seedling just appeared after 20 days, looking forward to more gemination in due course. Thanks

M. Brani

Everything came just as expected, 20 seeds in a ziplock bag. Seller was very kind. Definitelly recommend

T. Bond

Just what I wanted


Good instructions from Heartwood and reasonably good germination rate, thank you! Having lots of fun!

Phyllostachys nigra

Seeds came promptly and well packaged. Came with good directions for sowing and care. Fingers crossed.