Black Bamboo

4.92 out of 5 based on 51 customer ratings
(51 customer reviews )

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Phyllostachys Nigra ‘Black Bamboo’ is a beautiful and unique bamboo plant. The legendary ‘Black Bamboo’ is native to Taiwan and China. Introduced in 1827, black bamboo became the first hardy oriental bamboo. New canes emerge green and turn ebony black within two years with sunlight exposure. This is reported to be the only species the culm turns a true ebony in color. The culm sheath have wavy blades with prominent oral setae, auricles and ligules.

Scientific Name

Phyllostachys Nigra ‘Black’

Light Conditions

Sun to Shade

Maximum Height

30 feet

Maximum Diameter

2 inch

Minimum Temperature

5 °F

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Product Description

Those who grow ‘Black Bamboo’ in Western gardens are charmed by it’s graceful habits and by the sharp contrast of color provided by the dark culms and green foliage. New canes emerge green and turn ebony black within two years with sunlight exposure. Beautiful in the landscape with the sharp contrast of color provided by the dark culms and green foliage.

This beautiful bamboo does not like wind and the foliage can be damaged at temperatures 10 degree F. if a dry wind is present, so it needs to be planted in a protected place. Foliage loss occurs at 0 to -5 degrees F. with complete top kill of canes at around -10 to -15 degrees F. I recommend this species for USDA Climate Zones 7 and 8. It is being grown successfully in climate zone 6  with moderate top damage during the harsh winter months. Black bamboo should be protected from wind if possible. The culms are not as erect in shaded sides as some other species and tend to weep or arch over. Pruning can correct this behavior. The wood is of high quality and used by many craftsmen.

Climate Zone 7-9 expect mature size canes to be over 30 feet in height.

Climate Zone 6 expect mature size canes to be 16 feet in height.

It is recorded growing in Maryland and Washington, D.C., but slow to reach it’s maximum height there.

‘Black Bamboo’ does well as a potted bamboo as long as it is placed in a cool place in the winter to have a dormant period.

Plant introduction number (PI) into the U.S. 77257

The Chinese name for black bamboo is Zi zhu and the common Japanese name for black bamboo is Kurochiku

Customers' review

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51 reviews for Black Bamboo

  1. a@a.com
    5 out of 5

    "My black bamboo just came, and it's absolutely beautiful! I was impressed with how large and healthy it was. There are so many new, little leaves on it. My UPS guy was here for awhile because he was so interested in it--he may soon be a customer, too.
    It's already planted in a sunny area (enriched with organic matter) and has been well-watered. It can spread all it wants as it matures! I've not had very good luck with other companies that ship plants. But yours was an A You can list me as a very satisfied Master Gardener (through the Clemson Program in SC).
    Many thanks,"

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  2. a@a.com
    5 out of 5

    Thank you for the rapid delivery of my black bamboo ... They arrived on time / nicely boxed with no damage ... With kindest regards, Carl

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  3. a@a.com
    5 out of 5

    Very good, I have ordered from Lewis Bamboo in the past and I have always been satisfied with the quality and prompt service.

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  4. a@a.com
    5 out of 5

    Prompt seller. Well packaged and nice quality bamboo! Thanks!

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  5. roger@lewisbamboo.com
    5 out of 5

    Beautiful, growing and already have one "baby" - awesome! Thank you!

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  6. roger@lewisbamboo.com
    5 out of 5

    growing already

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  7. roger@lewisbamboo.com
    5 out of 5

    Now look very nice

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  8. roger@lewisbamboo.com
    5 out of 5

    The delivery is fast, and I recieved a healthy black bamboo tree

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  9. roger@lewisbamboo.com
    5 out of 5

    Thank you.

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  10. ccorbaus@aol.com
    5 out of 5

    I bought my first black bamboo this year, first from another company and it is a very small plant for the price. Did a little web search and found Lewis Bamboo. Ordered one, received it so quickly and the size and quality of the plant really did not compare to the other company. I was so pleased that I ordered a second from Lewis. I LOVE IT!

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  11. roger@lewisbamboo.com
    5 out of 5

    I order black bamboo from Lewis Bamboo and it was not completely black when I got it. The bottom of the canes where black but it took over a month for the whole plant to turn black.

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  12. casadecassella@gmail.com
    1 out of 5

    While I had high hopes for this bamboo, and I planted it in more than enough soil with amendments, watered it whenever the soil needed it.. I NEVER got a single new stalk to grow, and I saw no growth to the existing stalks at all in the 6 or so months I had it planted in the ground. Then about a month or two ago, the whole plant turned yellow and died. I don't really know what happened but I am sad to say I'm not happy with my purchase.

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  13. everettkyle1@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

    Excellent experience. Plants arrived fast and properly packed.

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  14. sergey@artenergy.com
    5 out of 5

    Firstly, upon looking at all the sellers your website was absolutely the best, this help with my choice.
    Then all was just right with very easy process.
    The shipment came on time, the packaging was great, the bamboo was in excellent condition, thanks much!
    I will sure to recommend you to all who need a bamboo plans.
    You are the Best!

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  15. rcbjr46@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

    Black Bamboo planted in 18" pot. Can hardly wait till new growth in spring. Very healthy and gets light afternoon sun. I would only buy bamboo from you guys. Wish I had more places to plant it.

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  16. loonlady70@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

    The Black Bamboo I ordered arrived well packaged and on time. The plant was healthy, well hydrated and larger than I expected. It was about 2 weeks before we could get this planted, but it did fine and continues to look good and grow (now several months later). Lewis Bamboo has been an excellent company to work with and I will definitely order from them again. I highly recommend them and I am glad I found this company

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  17. hziegler@earthlink.net
    5 out of 5

    The plants arrived quickly and had been very well wrapped for shipping. I have wanted to get the 'black' bamboo for many years and am glad that I got them from Lewis. I gave one as a gift and the recipients were thrilled by the uniqueness of the item as well as it's usefulness. Price and quality were great.

    I cracked up when I went to open the shipment. The Lewis family makes it very clear with a written notice about bamboo's proclivity to spread!

    Would definitely buy from this vendor again.

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  18. joeb2@mindspring.com
    5 out of 5

    The plant arrived well packaged and still moist. Two of the four stems were dead but the other two were pot planted and have produced three more stems. Thriving and loving the San Francisco climate.

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  19. carinsue58@me.com
    5 out of 5

    I got them for my hubby - and he loves them! Within 10 days or so, many sprouts! They will be beautiful and a great screen. Wouldn't hesitate to order from you again!

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  20. s-diehl@usa.net
    5 out of 5

    Very pleased with the Bamboo from Lewis Nursery. The order came quickly and very well packaged. Cant wait to see spring come around and new shoots appear. We will be ordering more soon.

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  21. rayrich@sbcglobal.net
    5 out of 5

    When I unpacked the plants they were bent over and looking a little sad but I planted them immediately and within a couple of days they were standing straight and tall and looked great. Chose Lewis because they had far more positive reviews than other growers and they were right. Thanks for the great plants and service...they are growing like weeds and are absolutely beautiful.

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  22. roger@lewisbamboo.com
    5 out of 5

    Hi Stevie,

    We appreciate your business and feedback. Just wanted to explain the slow shipping. After looking at your tracking information it looks like UPS sorted your packages wrong and sent them to Washington by mistake. This is why it was so slow, we shipped your plants the same day you ordered. Sorry about that, glad to know your plants are healthy.

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  23. sabielejec@hotmail.com
    5 out of 5

    plants are healthy despite slow shipping !

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  24. roger@lewisbamboo.com
    5 out of 5

    Very beautiful plant. Healthy and a large root mass for the size of the plant. Shipped the same day I ordered the plant.

    Was not shipped with pot, root ball wrapped in some kind of paper to retain moisture and then neatly sealed in shrink wrap just as the picture shows.

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  25. roger@lewisbamboo.com
    5 out of 5

    Not as big as I was expecting but seem healthy and nice to see new growth already

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  26. roger@lewisbamboo.com
    5 out of 5

    Healthy plant, well packaged. Planted it and it's growing rapidly.

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  27. roger@lewisbamboo.com
    5 out of 5

    Arrived well packaged and in healthy condition. I planted in containers a few days later when I got the chance. It's been I intend to purchase a few more in the future. It's been almost 3 months since and they are growing very well.

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  28. roger@lewisbamboo.com
    5 out of 5

    Great service, excellent plant

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  29. roger@lewisbamboo.com
    5 out of 5

    The bamboo arrived in perfect condition

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  30. roger@lewisbamboo.com
    5 out of 5

    Have one each in a 'Nice metal planter' .... just beautiful

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  31. roger@lewisbamboo.com
    5 out of 5

    Have had about two months. Hasn't grown quite as much as I would have hoped, but 4 of 4 are alive.
    Good packing.
    Should be spectacular in a year.

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  32. roger@lewisbamboo.com
    5 out of 5

    Five Stars

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  33. roger@lewisbamboo.com
    5 out of 5

    in a nice, sturdy container

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  34. roger@lewisbamboo.com
    5 out of 5

    Highly recommend. Great product, ordered black bamboo from two vendors. This one was exceptionally fresh upon arrival.

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  35. roger@lewisbamboo.com
    5 out of 5

    Great neighbor barrier

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  36. roger@lewisbamboo.com
    5 out of 5

    Fast growth - Plants arrived quickly and were planted promptly in a container. Numerous new shoots have appeared since then and it looks nice and full after a month.

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  37. bh8006@yahoo.com
    5 out of 5

    Plants arrived yesterday in GREAT! shape. Planted and happy in their new home! Thanks for the great service.
    Take care.

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  38. jb1kenob@hotmail.com
    5 out of 5

    Very, very fast shipping. Excellent product exactly as advertised.

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  39. jb1kenob@hotmail.com
    5 out of 5

    Lewis Bamboo, Inc. kept me informed via email every step of the way. Order arrived on time and in perfect condition. I would absolutely buy from them again.

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  40. jb1kenob@hotmail.com
    5 out of 5

    A very quick response with a personal email, not just the automated email receipts. I received my product very quickly and it was exactly as advertised.

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  41. jb1kenob@hotmail.com
    5 out of 5

    These bamboo plants exceeded my expectations by a mile. Billed as "two-gallon-size," I wasn't expecting the big, beautiful, healthy, and true-to-type specimens I received. As if that's not enough to...

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  42. jb1kenob@hotmail.com
    5 out of 5

    Great feedback. Quick responses. Answered the phone! Excellent prices. Prompt shipping. Can they sell more stuff? I'd buy anything from these guys!

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  43. jb1kenob@hotmail.com
    5 out of 5

    Good selection, plant information, and shipping/packaging was superb. Bamboo cluster was sized as described and in healthy condition.

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  44. jb1kenob@hotmail.com
    5 out of 5

    Excellent large plants.

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  45. jb1kenob@hotmail.com
    5 out of 5

    The plant was as described and shipping was fast. Roger acknowledged the order and kept me updated on shipping including the tracking number. When I had a question and concern about the plant, he immediately got back to me.

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  46. jb1kenob@hotmail.com
    5 out of 5

    My bamboo got here fast and alive and just as big as they said it was. I love it.

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  47. jb1kenob@hotmail.com
    5 out of 5

    The store is first class. You are going to get your money's worth. The plants have good hydration by a nonporous bag system around the roots. Also, my plant seemed to be accustomed to the outside.

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  48. jb1kenob@hotmail.com
    5 out of 5

    Roger,

    Oh My Gosh! My Black Bamboo arrived today and man is it beautiful. I felt like it was christmas and I was opening my "biggest" gift under the tree.
    You guys really do run a great site. I've really learned alot from your web site. I always try and not get all my information from one place but I have to say your site really makes it easy to do just that. Thanks for all you've done in the name of Bamboo. It is every thing I hoped for.
    Thanks so much.

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  49. jb1kenob@hotmail.com
    5 out of 5

    To Everyone at Lewis Bamboo,

    From start to finish this was an excellent experience. The site was a big help, the ordering over the phone was a pleasure and the bamboo arrived when we where told it would (helping to cut down on the anticipation)
    we received our 3 gallon nigra yesterday, which took our breath away when we first saw it. Our 2 culms are very strong and healthy - surviving the shipping without a problem it was quickly potted and watered. This being our first time growing bamboo we are very excited to see what may come this spring over all we are extremely happy,

    Thank You

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  50. jb1kenob@hotmail.com
    5 out of 5

    Very good and personal customer service. Shipping was faster than I had known possible. Product arrived as specified.

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  51. jb1kenob@hotmail.com
    5 out of 5

    Delivered the order very quickly and the plants were in good condition.

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    Bamboo Plant Sizes

    There are two basic sizes for mail order. The 2 gallon sizes which range from 2'-3' tall and 3 gallon sizes which range from 4' and taller depending on species. The root system is included in the height.


    How Bamboo Grows

    Bamboo grows a little different than most plants. The bamboo that you get initially never grows vertically again. It has babies that are taller, that has babies that are taller. Every generation should be taller that the previous year's shoots. The intriguing aspect is that each year’s growth emerges and grows to it complete height in 60-90 days. They spread as they produce larger growth, filling in and providing a screen.

    This link will help you learn how bamboo grows. It will give you an idea of what kind of growth to expect from your planting. It is a lot of information, but well worth your time. How Bamboo Grows

    Soil

    Bamboo can tolerate a multitude of soil conditions. Bamboo prefers soil in the 4.5 – 7.0 pH range but can tolerate soils from 3.5 – 8.0 pH. Soil composition and compaction has little effect on plant health but bamboo tends to spread slower in soils with higher compaction and lower permeability. Bamboo cannot survive in habitually wet planting sites, the area needs to be able to drain within a week after heavy rain.

    Sun

    Bamboo is a natural woodland understory plant. It grows well in filtered to direct sunlight conditions. Most bamboos need at least 4+ hours of filter sunlight a day. More active growth typically occurs in higher sunlight conditions.

    Spacing

    One division of bamboo will start a grove or screen over time. However, if you want a privacy screen fast, I recommend planting bamboo 3 to 5 feet apart. This will hopefully allow you to have a good screen in three years. There are a lot of factors such as water, sunlight, and climate zones that speeds up or slows down the process. Three years is about the average on this spacing, closer planting will allow you to screen or develop your grove faster. You cannot over plant bamboo.

    Planting

    Planting bamboo is also easy. You want to dig a hole about twice the size of the root ball. When you plant the bamboo amend your soil with composted manure and a good top soil. Bamboo can be planted at ground level or slightly deeper. It is not a picky about it conditions but this will help get it off to a good start.

    More details can be seen here: Planting Instruction Page

    Maintenance

    Fertilizer

    Bamboo can benefit from a fertilization program. You can safely fertilize your bamboo once it has been in the ground for one month. A time release fertilizer will work great. Time release fertilizers allow for proper absorption in case your soil is out of PH balance. We offer some fertilizer to help with growth. We fertilize twice a year. Once in the early spring to encourage new growth and then again during the middle of the grow season to replace any nutrients that are being depleted. Click here to see our recommended fertilizer: All Fertilizers

    Control

    Over the years a lot of myths have been told about bamboo, while it can spread under good conditions, it is not as invasive as many people would have you believe. In colder climates an aggressive runner here in the south will hardy spread at all in comparison. We have been growing bamboo since 1985 and had experience with it long before that. The bamboo's underground root system (rhizome) will spread beyond the initial planting over the years, so in the next two or three years you will need to decide on some method of containment on the sides you do not want the rhizomes to run over into.

    We have constructed a page discussing multiple methods of controlling bamboo. It goes over root pruning, mowing new shoots, and in ground barriers: Controlling Bamboo

    All this said and it may discourage you, but as with any plant there will be maintenance. Bamboo is very beautiful and is great in a Japanese style garden, but it will need maintenance down the road. At first it may seem to be doing nothing, but after 3 to 5 years you will have a lot of beautiful culms (canes) and love the foliage. All our 150 plus species simply contained by mowing and weed eating the new Spring and Summer shoots. Hopes this helps and don't be afraid of the bamboo.

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