Black Bamboo

black bamboo feature

Phyllostachys nigra

Springtime in a bamboo grove
Overnight, green and red shoots burst through fallen leaves.

From: Taiwan, China


Reaches up 7 – 8 m, the culm diameter up to 5cm. The new culms start off green, darkening every day (especially when exposed to the sun) until they turn shiny, ebony. The dark green leaves can brown off at the tips as a consequence of water stress. Black Bamboo can be induced to be small, with delicate culms, if the larger culms are cut out. The remaining small culms will be the mother culms for small culms in the following Spring.


Isolated grove, pot culture, privacy screen where light foliage is required.


black indoors

The plant itself can withstand -20 degrees Celcius but foliage can be damaged by temperatures of -12 degrees Celcius.


Shiny, black bamboo culms take years to get used to. Pots with bamboo need adequate food and water to really look the way bamboo should look. You may need to re-pot after a few years.
The black pigment of the wood is fairly stable, although fades quickly to brown in the sun. Black Bamboo is used as inlay by the crafty Japanese.

Black bamboo planted either side of a pathway is pretty special.

How fast will it grow?

Of course, growth rate depends a lot on climate, food and water.
Small plants are slow to get going. Black is lovely when small and slender in a pot, anyway..

Are you looking for a non-invasive Black Bamboo?

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Fine print on Black Bamboo

Local government regulations prohibit the stocking & sale of the Phyllostachys genus of bamboo from our Terrey Hills nursery because of its invasive nature.
So you want an explanation, is it?
Here are submissions from Mr Bamboo to the NSW Department of Primary Industries, Noxious Weeds Committee, on behalf of the many species of Phyllostachys.
Can’t imagine that anyone would actually want to read these boring submissions. We post them here for your reference. If you wish to purchase any Phyllostachys say, Black Bamboo, feel free to phone us on (02) 9486 3604 to discuss further. Also you can contact us with any query you might have.