This bamboo is native to eastern and central China and can reach 15 feet tall and almost as wide. After two or three years, slender green culms turn a lustrous black. The foliage is abundant and dark green, making a stunning combination with the stems. Grow as screening, in large containers, or in a woodland setting where the stems can be appreciated.
Noteworthy Characteristics Lustrous black culms contrast with the green leaves.
Care Plant in a protected area in fertile, rich, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or light shade.
Propagation Divide in spring.
Problems Rust and stem smut are common, while slugs and snails may attack emerging shoots.
- Genus : Phyllostachys
- Zones : 10, 11, 7, 8, 9
- Plant Height : 10 to 15 feet
- Plant Width : 6 to 10 feet
- Foliage Color : Black
- Uses : Containers
- Growth Rate : Fast
- Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Plant Type : Grasses
- Moisture : Medium Moisture
- Maintenance : Moderate
- Characteristics : Showy Foliage
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest