Fargesia nitida ‘Black Pearl’

Black Fountain Bamboo

(8 customer reviews)


Fargesia nitida ‘Black Pearl’ is another really good selection from seedlings produced by the flowering of Fargesia nitida, the Fountain bamboo a few years ago. ‘Black Pearl’ has been selected not only for its vigour and robust upright growth but also for the deep purply black canes it produces. In addition the lush fresh green foliage is produced in profusion and cascades amongst the canes. Fargesia nitida ‘Black Pearl’ is rightly known as a fountain bamboo by it’s graceful habit of upright canes that are held vertically only to arch over at the tips. The effect is further enhanced by the delicacy of the leaves which are produced in profusion. The canes themselves vary in colour from a fresh green to a deep purple black, in fact the stems can be so black that it is sometimes mistaken for the black bamboo. Fargesia nitida ‘Black Pearl’ usually grow around 3 to 4 metres high and is a very tightly clump forming bamboo. As with all bamboo once you have chosen a suitable location I recommend good soil preparation, bamboo are shallow rooted and will really enjoy the addition of well rotted farmyard manure mixed with your soil when planting. Water the bamboo thoroughly before and after planting and make sure it doesn’t dry out until established. By that I mean keep it moist but not flooded, bamboo don’t like to be drowned either. Once established it shouldn’t need additional watering but will benefit from an annual mulch with a good organic compost (I use composted horse manure) and the occasional feed (I use pelleted poultry manure, a generous handful) in spring and summer. Like it’s parent Fargesia nitida I’ve seen this bamboo growning in a container on a shady patio or courtyard to great effect. Grown this way it seems to be happy reaching 2-3 metres high and is very graceful and oriental looking. Grown in the ground in a sheltered from strong winds and dappled shade Fargesia nitida ‘Black Pearl’ makes a beautiful specimen bamboo between 3-4 metres high.

  • Position:Shade to part shade out of cold, drying winds - especially coastal winds.
  • Foliage:Evergreen.
  • Habit:Dense/Arching/Clump forming/Non-invasive.
  • Soil:All soils, but avoid waterlogged areas very dry soils will need extra watering.

Eventual Plant Size

Please note all images are for illustrative purposes only, depending on the season or time of year the plant you receive may be different than pictured.

8 reviews for Fargesia nitida ‘Black Pearl’

  1. LN (verified owner)

    Fabulous – as always from this Company!! Really great plants! Thank you

  2. Laura (verified owner)

    Fantastic! Well looked after plants, a really good size and very fast delivery. Couldn’t be happier – and will certainly be ordering from the company again. Thank you very much!

  3. Paul Spencer

    The plant arrived as a gift for Fathers day, when it arrived it was extremely well packed in a cardboard box that kept it completely intact. I had the 5L size which is a good starter plant judging by the size of it. I would definitely recommend this site, the quality of the plant is outstanding. I would use this site again for more Bamboo when needed.

  4. John Barnard

    Great quality plugs, very well packed (unlike some), and first class communication. Good to do business with you.

  5. Sue Bancroft

    Received the 3 bamboos ordered last week. Safely packed and very healthy when removed. These are destined for 3 containers against a fence, should look lovely. Recommended.

  6. Mary

    Lovely healthy plants with big clumps look fabulous in the garden

  7. Jamie

    Really good healthy plant upon delivery is now flourishing in my garden.

  8. Glen Howes

    Placed my order and received the next day, superb service.

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