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Phyllostachys nigra

Black Bamboo

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Worldwide, Black bamboo is the most frequently cultivated species of bamboo. There is good reason for this - it is one of the most ornamental. When well grown the older culms are glossy jet-black: a rare colour in the plant world and much sought after in planting schemes.

Beware, though, that Phyllostachys nigra can be something of a Cinderella and rather variable according to its growing conditions.

Plants in dry positions in full sun can look miserable with burnt leaves and stunted canes. Plants enjoying a position in good light, out of wind in a rich, well-drained soil can be fully 8m tall. They are worth pampering!

Phyllostachys nigra Identification Sheet

Common name(s)
Black Bamboo
Full sun to part shade, mosit well-drained soil
Moist, well drained soil
Eventual height
Eventual spread
Fully hardy
Skill level

Pot sizes

With items such as ferns, juvenile tree ferns and herbaceous plants it is difficult to give the exact size of each species when such a wide range of plants are grown so we specify standard pot sizes to give an indication of the size and/or age of the plant you are buying.

Sometimes the pot size might vary slightly from the standard or we might listed as 2-3 litre pot, depending on the growers we purchased them from. However, the sizes of the plants are similar in height and spread.

Sometimes the plants might be photographed in decorative pots. However, please bear in mind that our plants are kept in plastic nursery pots.

Plant height

For the outdoor plants, that are meant to be planted in the ground, the height of the pot is excluded from the measurement. The height is measured from the top of the pot to the tallest leaf or branch of the plant.

All plants are measured when brought to our nursery, however, due to natural factors, the actual size of the plant might change over time due to adjustments to the environment. When picking multiple plants for an order, we aim to pick matching plants.

Product warranties

We can guarantee that the plants leave our nursery disease free, but weather and local conditions might affect their survival. Make sure you always make an informed purchasing decision.

The plants that leave our nursery are in the best condition, free of disease. Kept in adequate conditions (positioning and care), the plants are guaranteed for 3 months if they are planted in the ground or one year if they are kept in their original pots. Return policy applies only to plants that are in their original pots.

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Bamboos can be grown almost anywhere, but avoid excessively windy locations. Many can be grown in sun or shade (sun is usually best for colour).Bamboos are generally shallow rooted and prefer a rich, moisture retentive, organic soil. 


Before planting out, the roots should be soaked in water for some time, and after planting it is important that the plant is watered well.

Hardy species of bamboo which were grown in pots can be planted anytime during the year, except in frozen ground.

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Delivery location

Due to the nature of the consignments, the courier's drivers are not insured to carry goods through your property. The standard delivery location is the border of your property or the entrance of a communal space. If other arrangements need to be made, please get in touch with us as soon as the order is placed.
Vouchers and small boxes can be posted through the letterbox, provided there is unrestricted access to it. 


Rated 4.93 on the scale 1 - 5 based on 15 customer reviews
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A great plant, arrived on time and well packaged.

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Arrived very well packaged - lovely and bushy looking already!

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Absolutely delighted with the quality of the plant - just as described on your website. It looks great in the garden. Your staff were most helpful when I called with a query. Excellent!

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The best service possible. Very friendly staff on the phone to help answer my questions before and after purchasing and they even delayed delivery while I was on holiday. The plant arrived superbly wrapped and was such a joy unpacking it to find a beautiful healthy specimen. It has now been repotted and is taking pride of place on my patio. Will definitely be using The Palm Centre again.

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Received my plant in excellent condition and extremely healthy. I had recently purchased one from homebase before knowing about the palm centre and realised that was a huge mistake! The bamboofrom the palm centre is absolutely gorgeous and clearly so well taken care of. I highly recommend them and wished I had purchased all my bamboo plants from them!

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Excellent plant specimen, tall, healthy, and great value, well packed, and fast delivery. Best bamboo I've ever bought.

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Very efficient Company from ordering to delivery. Good quality plant wrapped really well to protect in transit. Would definitely use The Palm Centre again.

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Ordered 3 of the small black bamboo plants. Beautiful, healthy plants and great customer<br /> service from the Palm Centre. Would definitely recommend and use again.<br />

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Well packed and watered before shipping. In good condition, pretty large!

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Excellent plants and delivery, would certainly recommend The Palm Centre

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I am so pleased with my black bamboo. It arrived quickly, was wrapped very well and was in excellent condition. More importantly it was exactly as the picture showed so I wasn't let down as is often the case when buying on-line. Thank you, I will definitely purchase from you again.

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Bought the Black Bamboo as a Birthday present it arrived promptly well packed and she loved it ! Will definitely deal with your company again .

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Very pleased with the plants and with the service from the Palm Centre themselves. Not such great service from the courier used to deliver the plants but the Palm Centre were very helpful in getting the delay resolved.

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Beautiful plants and great service, would definitely use this company again.

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I am absolutely delighted with my bamboo and very very impressed with the customer service, a minor shipping issue was resolved quickly, courteously and with a degree of professionalism other web supplier would do well to emulate. I have recommended The palm Centre to many of my friends and I look forward to purchasing more impressive specimens from them.

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