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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

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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