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Phyllostachys nigra
Common Name: Black Bamboo Family: Poaceae (The Grass Family)

Phyllostachys nigra
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One of the most distinctive and popular bamboos in our area. New culms (stems) are at first green then darken permanently to true black which contrasts well with the mid green evergreen leaves. Considered to be a non-invasive clumping or lightly spreading bamboo. Established plants will send out some runners though these, in my experience, have travelled shallowly at the ground surface and have been quite easy to control.

Geogrpahical Origin:
Asia - China and Japan

ClassEvergreen  Primary Bloom ColourGreen 
TypeGrass  Secondary Bloom Colour 
Height10-15'  Bloom TimeSpring - Winter 
Spread5-8'  FragranceNo 
Light ExposurePart Sun Sun  Foliage ColourGreen 
Soil MoistureAverage  Stem ColourBlack 
Hardiness Zone BerriesNo 
BC NativeNo    

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Recommended Companion Plants:
Trachycarpus fortunei
Musa basjoo

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