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Phyllostachys nigra

Black Bamboo

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RHS Award of Garden Merit

Phyllostachys nigra or the Black Bamboo has to be the most popular and best known of all bamboos. The jet black canes reach around 4 or 5 metres in height and are covered in masses of lush green dainty leaves. The best situation for the black bamboo... Read More

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Phyllostachys nigra or the Black Bamboo has to be the most popular and best known of all bamboos. The jet black canes reach around 4 or 5 metres in height and are covered in masses of lush green dainty leaves. The best situation for the black bamboo is in a good, rich soil that does not dry out too readily but also does not have a tendency to waterlog over the winter months.

The Black Bamboo plant grows well in a container and must be kept well watered at all times to ensure good, strong growth. Feed with a general purpose feed between the months of May and September to keep the plant looking lush and healthy. You should expect the black bamboo to add about a third to its height and spread each year and if it is really happy, maybe more! To achieve the blackest canes possible, plant in full sun and enjoy the wait as the canes turn from a lush green to an ebony black.

We recommend using: Bamboo Root Barrier for this bamboo.

  • Eventual Size: Up to 5 metres, but can be pruned
  • Position: Sun to part shade; out of cold, drying winds - especially coastal winds
  • Foliage: Evergreen
  • Habit: Arching/Upright/Spreading
  • Soil: All soils, but avoid waterlogged areas; very dry soils will need extra watering
  • Cane/Culm Colour: Green turning to jet black when mature
  • Hardiness: H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
  • Uses: Screening Bamboo, Container Bamboo
  • Other common names: Black Bamboo, kuro-chiku, whangee cane
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Other Screening Bamboo:

Phyllostachys aurea, Phyllostachys bissettii, Fargesia scabrida 'Asian Wonder'

Care Information

Bamboo Care

Before planting it is a good idea to soak the bamboo thoroughly to ensure the rots are well and truly saturated then dig a hole at least twice the size of the root ball add compost then place the bamboo so that the finished soil height will be slightly lower than the top of the root ball. Backfill using your soil mixed 50:50 with good compost. Once planted gently firm down the soil around the base add a top dressing of a good fertilizer, we prefer poultry manure, then mulch with a good 8-10 deep layer of compost. Finally water again to help settle the bamboo. In dry periods it may be necessary to repeat watering regularly, if the bamboo looks dry and the leaves are curling this is a sure sign. After the first season we repeat the mulching and feeding each spring. 

Now stand back and enjoy. Don’t expect your bamboo to grow away like a rocket, yes bamboo can grow incredibly fast but most of this happens over a 3 month period which is very generally late May through to early August so if you’ve planted either side of this period I’m afraid you’ll have to wait. 

 Pruning and Grooming 

Bamboo can be very accommodating here. I’ve seen pristine clipped hedges and topiary shaped plantings of both Phllostachys aurea and bissetti showing easy how easy it can be managed. What I like to do though on any large bamboo is to remove all old, thin and spindly canes (or culms as us horticulturists call them) then prune away all the side branches off the remaining culms to a height of between 60cm to 150cm depending on your choice. This in my opinion show bamboos off to there best making them stately specimens. 

For more information see our Bamboo Care Guide for these types of Bamboo: 


Question & Answer


Is all Bamboo invasive?

Most definitely No! Many Bamboo are tightly clump forming, staying put and remaining perfectly 'clumped' throughout their life.
Bamboos have two distinct root (or Rhizome) habits, loosely classified as 'clump-forming' and 'running'. Running bamboo can be very invasive often spreading several feet per year whereas clump-forming bamboo spread slowly from the base.


We have the ways and means of delivering all of the plants that we stock at the nursery. We will endeavour to deliver your plants as soon as we can and by using the most effective means possible.

We can deliver all over the country, either by using our own transport (lorries and vans) or by courier. If you order any plants from our online shop, they will be sent out to you using our trusted courier company.

Delivery Charges

Our delivery charges are as follows:

  • Upto £25.00 = £8.99
  • £25.01 to £150 = £12.50
  • £150.01 to £500.00 = £20.00
  • £500.01 to £1,000.00 = £50.00
  • Collect from Nursery = Free

Delivery Times

Most orders are shipped within 5 working days on an overnight courier service. Items will arrive the next working day between 8am and 6pm (although this is not guaranteed).

Couriers & Tracking

We use a number of nationwide couriers for delivering our plants. You will be notified your order has been despatched by email and tracking information will be provided.

Dry Goods / Sundry Items

Please be aware dry goods/sundry items will be sent using Royal Mail 2nd class service and typically take 3-5 working days to arrive.

Larger Plants Not In Our Online Shop

If you would like to order a larger plant which does not appear in the online shop, please call us or send us an email and we will be able to give you a cost for delivery using our own transport. There have been many occasions where we have spoken to a customer on the phone about a large plant, then taken a digital photo of that particular plant and emailed it to them within the hour. This way you can make sure you are going to get exactly what you want.

Alternatively, we may convince you to come down and see us and we can easily help you to try to fit the plants you would like into your car - sometimes this has to be seen to be believed!

Collect from Nursery

You can come and see us and collect your purchase between 9am and 5pm (Mon - Sat)  & 10am and 4pm (Sun)

Pallet Delivery

Large specimen plants such as bamboo & olive trees will require pallet delivery. Due to height restrictions there is a 2m limit on all pallets.

Overseas Delivery

Sorry, at present we do not send plants overseas.

Payment & Security

Big Plant Nursery Ltd accept most major credit/debit cards (Visa, Maestro, Master Card and JCB).

Payment Information

Payments are processed securely by Cardsave and Paypal. When you checkout, you will be directed to the payment processing service to securely complete payment and then returned to Big Plant Nursery for your order confirmation. Payments are not processed directly on the Big Plant Nursery website.

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Payments processed via Paypal.
Payment processing is done via the Paypal server. We do not store your payment card details. Paypal encrypt your payment card details using industry standard SSL technology to ensure they are kept completely safe and secure. 


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Please contact us on: 01903 891466 if you wish to place a telephone order.
(Our phone lines are open 9am-5pm Mon-Sat & 10am-4pm Sun)


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Customer Reviews

on 5 Apr 2016

5 / 5

Lovely plants and extremely quick delivery, thank you.

on 6 Apr 2016

5 / 5

Excellent plants and service

on 16 Mar 2016

5 / 5

Lovely bamboo plant, was better than expected, arrived very quickly - will definitely be using you again for my bamboo purchases

Reply from Big Plant Nursery

Thank you for your understanding regarding this issue, I've sent sent you some care instructions for future planting. Kind regards.

on 23 Nov 2016

5 / 5

Fast delivery and nice big healthy specimens Thanks