Also known as
Whangee Cane, Kuro-Chiku
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10 years to reach maturity
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Black Bamboo Overview
Phyllostachys nigra, known as Black bamboo, is an erect bamboo that grows 2.5-4 metres tall, reaching its ultimate height in 5-10 years. When the plants are still young they are greenish in colour and turn blackish-purple as they mature. Due to this blackish colour, this bamboo is widely cultivated as a garden ornamental. Black bamboo spreads rapidly via vegetative reproduction, forming suckers from the creeping underground stems called rhizomes. Due to its ability to rapidly reproduce and spread, black bamboo has been listed as a noxious weed in a few countries, especially areas that are warm and moist. Black bamboo grows well in moist but well-draining, loamy soil, in full sun or partially shaded positions. Plants can be propagated in spring by dividing and replanting the rhizomes. To keep the plants neat and tidy, prune away dead or damaged stems in early spring.
How to propagate Black Bamboo
Plants can be propagated in spring by dividing and replanting the rhizomes.
Propagate from seeds in the spring or autumn.
Special features of Black Bamboo
Other uses of Black Bamboo
Used for hedging as well as for ornamentation. The woody stems can have many uses.