Black Bamboo

Phyllostachys nigra

An exotic, rare form of bamboo that features rich green foliage that contrasts handsomely against black culms. Young culms emerge green and mature to their characteristic black color in their second year of growth. An incredibly vigorous grower, this is an ideal selection for a Privacy screen or windbreak; however, it can quickly become invasive.


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Black Bamboo

Phyllostachys nigra
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Special Features

Common Nursery Plant Forms

We use plant forms to describe how a plant has been grown in our nursery. Here are some common nursery plant forms explained.

A bush or multi refers to a shrub or small tree grown with multiple stems.

A standard has been trained to have a single trunk.
Many bush/multi plants are also available in standard form, so be sure to check the form when you add plants to your cart.

A column refers to a tree or shrub grown into a tall, narrow shape.

An espalier is a plant trained to grow in a two-dimensional form against a trellis.

Staked plants will be tied to a wooden or plastic stake during the growing process. This technique is generally used on vines but is sometimes used for certain trees or shrubs.