Bamboo News & Updates
Black is Back
April 2017 - Black bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra) is now available. We sold out very early last year. Hurry in for the best selection of plants this Spring.
This renown bamboo is famous for its black canes. Combined with it's evergreen emerald green leaves, it provides an amazing backdrop for any garden or yard. Use it as a green screen to provide that much needed privacy between your neighbor or to cover up that bare looking fence or wall. For those with rock gardens, black bamboo is an amazing compliment to add that extra 'Zen'. Our current crop of black bamboo is only available in 5gal (12"x12") pot sizes. They stand a staggering 8' tall (2.4m) with 2-3 canes each pot.
Black Bamboo is a running bamboo so it has invasive root systems. If you are planting in the ground, we highly recommend using bamboo barrier or some form of containment. Below are the specifications of black bamboo when planted in the ground here in the Canadian Pacific Northwest.
- Height: 20 - 30 feet (6.1 - 9.1m)
- Max. Diameter: 2" (5cm)
- Hardiness: -18°C (0°F)
- USDA Zone: 6b
- Light: Full Sun
Optionally, black bamboo can also be planted in some nice ornamental pots or planters. This way, invasive roots in your yard are not a concern. See our section on Bamboo In Containers. We get many questions about how high black bamboo will get in a pot?? Well... this all depends on the size of your planter/pot. The bigger the pot, the taller the bamboo. Here is a good guideline but keep in mind other factors can affect height too (ie. sunlight, soil type, water, etc.)
- 5gal (~12"D x 12"H): 6 - 8' feet (1.8 - 2.4m)
- 10gal (~15"D x 15"H): 8 - 12' (2.4 - 3.7m)
- 25gal (~22"D x 22"H): 12 - 15' (3.7 - 4.6m)
Note: D = Diameter, H = Height