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Phyllostachys nigra

Plants are supplied in standard nursery pots.

Phyllostachys nigra

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Black Bamboo

The most popular ornamental bamboo worldwide. More moderate growth than most Phyllostachys, it still requires root barrier if planted in the ground. Like all bamboo, this needs very regular watering to establish and thrive.

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Worldwide, Black bamboo is the most popular ornamental species: When well grown the older culms are glossy jet-black: a rare colour in the plant world and much sought after in planting schemes. More moderate growth than most Phyllostachys, it still requires root barrier if planted in the ground. Like all bamboo, this needs very regular watering to establish and thrive.

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

Origin
China
Genus
Phyllostachys
Species / Cultivar
nigra
Common name(s)
Black Bamboo
Situation
Full sun to part shade, mosit well-drained soil
Soil
Moist, well drained soil
Eventual height
4-5m
Eventual spread
2m
Hardiness
Fully hardy
Skill level
Easy
Frequently asked questions about bamboo

What is an invasive bamboo?

Certain species of bamboo have the tendency to spread on large areas if they are not controlled. This can cause problems, if the plants spread to neighbouring gardens or in paved areas. Make sure that the growth is contained with a root barrier, when planting an invasive species of bamboo.

Discuss the matter with your gardener, landscaper or one of the friendly horticultural advisors at The Palm Centre.

Can bamboo grow in pots?

For short period of times (a few years), bamboo can be grown in pots. Clump forming bamboo (like the Fargesia species) will to better long term in a pot. Make sure you choose a pot that will provide stability, as the plants can grow quite tall and in high winds may fall over. 

How often should I water the bamboo?

Bamboo plants are very thirsty plants. You may have to consider an irrigation system to keep the plants well watered in drier periods. If planted in pots, you may have to water the bamboo almost every day, depending on the size of the pot. Apply a layer of mulch to prevent the soil from drying out too fast. 

GENERAL CARE

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. 

PLANTING

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.

Download the full guide in PDF format >>>

Outdoor plants pot sizes
Outdoor plants 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.

Plants measurements
Plant measurements

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.

Plant warranties
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.

Read more about our warranty policy >>>

Delivery information
DELIVERY INFORMATION

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. 

Please make sure you leave delivery instructions, at checkout, in case you won't be at home when the courier delivers.

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Reviews (30)

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Michael O.
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26-08-2020
This bamboo is stunning. I was sent three pots which were green, luscious and tall! Customer service was great and the price was unbeatable (I did a lot of shopping around). I would order more but my don't have any space left!
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Andrew G.
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21-05-2020
Arrived safely, well protected and lovely plants. Very pleased with the size, thank you!
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Darren F.
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01-05-2020
Purchased 8 specimens and really pleased with 7 of the plants received. Unfortunately, one specimen was more sparse than the others therefore this order was a free replacement. The customer service was outstanding and they quickly dispatched this order. The specimen received was the best. I would highly recommend this company and I will now be a repeat customer since they have my full confidence in any order I place.
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Sharon
30-04-2020
Lovely healthy plants delivered on time and well wrapped have brought another one after I purchased the first two
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