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Black Bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra) Seeds
Black Bamboo-(Phyllostchys nigra)-With jet black culms and feathery green leaves, this is our most sought after bamboo. Under ideal conditions Black Bamboo will grow to 40 feet in height with culms over 2 inches in diameter, but 25 feet is its average height in most climates. New culms emerge green every spring and gradually turn black in one to three years.
There is always a contrast of light and dark culms balanced by slender, dark green leaves. This bamboo is initially slow to spread, through when mature, it can be quite vigorous. If planted in poor soil it tends to grow in a tight cluster, producing mostly thin, weepy culms. P. nigra should be given a generous layer of rich topsoil, composed of compost or aged manure and mulch, and space to grow unimpeded. It makes an outstanding specimen, if well cared for, and can be the focal point of any garden. Used in making exotic furniture and even Samurai sword handles this is the most beautiful bamboo of all. Can grow in zones 7-10. Plant in quality topsoil.