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    Black Bamboo for Sale


Black Bamboo

Reg: $99.90
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Ships May 31st, 2016

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-t- Planting Mix
Black Bamboo Planting Mix

Helps your Black Bamboo get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocketâ„¢ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer

Growing Zones: 6-10

Growing Zones 6-10 This plant is recommended for zones: 6-10
(green area above)
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

15-25 ft.

Mature Width:

5-10 ft.


Full to Partial

Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Phyllostachys nigra

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Here's the Magic... with as little as 3-4 feet, you get a privacy screen that makes fences, walls, or neighbors disappear.

Bamboo is perfect for Privacy, but keeping the world's fastest growing plants from overtaking your yard had always been a problem with previous bamboo varieties.

Most cold hardy bamboo can get out of control and grow into your yard. Our Black Bamboo is different. It's well behaved and easy to keep where you want it. The roots are thin, so you can plant near structures and sidewalks.

New shoots start out green and then turn a stunning flat black with age. Lush foliage is evergreen so you get privacy all year round. During the growing months your bamboo will replace each leaf so they stay fresh and bright green.

Grows as much as 10-12 feet a year! Bamboo is one of the fastest growing privacy plants you can find. Plant your bamboo every 3 to 5 feet, depending on how quickly you want a thick screen. Your Black Bamboo will grow 15 to 25 feet, but can be trimmed to any height you want.

Black Bamboo is the most demanded variety. But some black varieties are not as cold tolerant as others. This one is the most cold hardy you can plant. We recommend it for Growing Zones 7-10, but many people successfully grow in zone 6, in areas blocked from wind. Extreme Northern states can plant in pots then bring them inside for the winter. Foliage damage can occur at 0-5F, but re-grows in spring. Cane damage can occur at -10 to -15F

A No-Fuss Plant that You Can't Mess Up! Grows in full, filtered or partial sun... adapts to a variety of soils... can be planted any time of year... resists drought, deer, pest and disease... so adaptable, it even thrives as a house plant. You can easily grow bamboo indoors.

All Black Bamboo are NOT the Same! Many nurseries chop bamboo stalks out of a field, then put them in nursery pots for shipping. This is cheaper and quicker for them, but leaves up to 90% of your feeder roots in the ground. Buyers see slower growth because the plant is in a weakened condition, while it tries to re-grow lost roots.

We grow your Black Bamboo in their own containers from the very beginning. So you get a full, healthy root system that establishes quickly and explodes with new growth. More roots mean more canes and more privacy. The difference in health, vigor and thickness is huge.

Customer Reviews

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Growth Rate
Please note: this variety of black bamboo (phyllostachys nigra) is a running, invasive variety. If you don't want the invasive variety, look for clumping varieties such as fargesia dracocephala or dendrocalamus brandisii. Even though this website mentions ""clumping"", it's not true. Also found, as other reviewers stated, that the picture is much different from what you actually receive. Hopefully they will correct the description of this variety soon to truly show it for what it is, a running, invasive black bamboo
December 31, 2012
What a ridiculous disappointment. It says a bunch of 6 (4-5 ft tall) for $78, I ordered 2 thinking I would recieve 12 total for $250 with shipping. I recieved 2 almost dead black bamboo plants. 100% disappointed. Leason Learned
December 31, 2012
1 year ago
My five 4-5ft black bamboo just arrived. I was so excited to order these but honestly (especially considering the cost!), I just wasn't ""thrilled with the vigor and beauty"" from the moment I opened the box (as the description assures me). I actually asked the fedex guy if he was sure there was only one box - but all five sticks in their soil bags were in there with the 5 itty-bitty bags of organic planting mix I ordered (unless it's magic soil, I would DEFINITELY NOT order those again!!). I do love the contrast of the green leaves on the black stalks - just praying that (hopefully) the bamboo will thrive and grow sometime soon because they're going to look really silly...5 little sticks separating my and my neighbors yard. As a whole...not super impressive but hoping that changes
December 31, 2012
Overpriced for what you get. I got a 5-6ft bamboo for around $102. I then ordered from Lewis Bamboo-got a much taller & healthier plant for $59 & free shipping.
December 31, 2012
I live in Florida and the heat, bugs, and humidity take a toll on plants. It arrived in great shape. Unfortunately, it picked up mealy bugs that required treatment. It appears to be recovering and is sending up new shoots. The black really stands out
December 31, 2012
over 4 years ago
Great product! showed up quickly, it was healthier looking than any other products I have looked at. It is growing like crazy
December 31, 2012
over 5 years ago
Doing Well
These plants (2) have survived and are doing well. They haven't grown much, but the research I did indicated that they don't really take off and start growing well until after the first 2 or three years. I can wait.
September 20, 2014
Tunkhannock, PA, US
1 year ago
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Great service!!!
I bought black bamboo from fast growing trees and I couldn't be happier with my purchase. My first order arrived with some damage from shipping. After I spoke with a customer service representative they quickly replaced my order and apologized for the damage (which was not their fault). I planted the bamboo in planters on my back deck and they look great. They are high quality and definitely worth having then shipped compared to purchasing overpriced generic bamboo from a home improvement center.
November 7, 2014
1 year ago
My blackbamboo arrived in great shape and is doing great! Love it!
December 31, 2012
over 2 years ago
my black bamboo just arrived, it is so much bigger than I expected...and it is beautiful
December 31, 2012
over 3 years ago

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Black Bamboo

Black Bamboo Planting Diretions Plant your Black bamboo in an area that receives full to partial sunlight. Black Bamboo can tolerate full sun but prefers areas that receive afternoon shade. Plant your Black Bamboo plants about 3 feet apart for a privacy fence, and if potted indoors place your Black Bamboo by a large sunny window.

Black Bamboo will adapt to your natural soil even if it's sandy or heavy in clay, as long as it's well draining. Water your Black Bamboo twice a week. Keep your soil moist but not over saturated. If conditions are dry, hot or windy your Black Bamboo may need extra water.

Fertilize your Black Bamboo early Spring and Fall early in the season. Use a fertilizer that's high in nitrogen. We recommend formula 10-10-10 or 20-20-20.

Questions & Answers

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Cathleen T on Apr 2, 2016
would like to use as an eco friendly plant stakes.
Glenn R on Mar 24, 2016
Cathleen T on Apr 2, 2016
I like the tropical look of it by the pool.
Vincent C on Mar 28, 2016
would like to use as an eco friendly plant stakes.
Glenn R on Mar 24, 2016
Loved it but it didnt survive.
Diana B on Mar 22, 2016
I need and want more height for privacy along my fence and really like the look of the Black Bamboo. The estimated growth and the fact that I can cut them to the height I desire and the fact that their non-invasive sold me on them.
Cassandra M on Mar 19, 2016
I've always like Bamboo, so finally ordering it. Looking forward to making a nice screen around the property as well.
John R on Mar 17, 2016
I need a plant that grows fast to add privacy on my backyard. I like how this particular bamboo does not spread out if control.
Maribel R on Mar 14, 2016
Privacy and fast? Perfect!
brittany s on Mar 10, 2016
Inspired by the description and the rapid but not spreading growth descriptions. I received two plants and I planted them together in a large pot and kept in a sunny indoor spot for the first winter. The plants were not the same. I separated them into new larger pots for last spring and while both thrived, one is definitely not black. I have provided this feedback previously and no communication from the company.
Gerard B on Mar 8, 2016
I choose this for the look, shade, easy to grow. Also because it stalks and doesn't run.
Joel M on Feb 1, 2016
Tricia B on Jan 31, 2016
I wanted something that was hardy and fast growing, but also attractive, to make a tall dense screen on a fence line to hide a neighbors house
Pamela W on Dec 16, 2015
If the description is correct and this bamboo is manageable compared to other Black Bamboo then I have been looking for this item for some time. Hope they are right.
Rosemary G on Nov 15, 2015
Grace E on Nov 10, 2015
wanted to screen the neighbors
Ingrid D on Nov 8, 2015
Replacement for a plant that didn't make it (not from you)
Tim M on Oct 26, 2015
Slow growing and easily contained.
Teresa on Oct 24, 2015
Liked the photos.
LEE A on Oct 5, 2015
Great website, lots of information on product, helpful FAQs, several sizes to choose from, extras that I may need & paypal ready
Margot P on Sep 29, 2015
My wife and I enjoy the look and privacy it offers. It is not too aggressive, which we appreciate and enjoy the look
Niles T on Sep 27, 2015
For a nice "zen" addition and screening ablities
ZARA W on Aug 25, 2015
I picked this item as I redone my garden and needed some height and this color is great contrast. I've had black bamboo before and they performed beautifully. I'm doing this for my mom who has Alzheimer's and every new addition is amazing to her. Can't wait till they grow up. It's out of the ordinary.
Bonnie P on Aug 22, 2015
I like the tropical look of it by the pool.
Vincent C on Mar 28, 2016
Loved it but it didnt survive.
Diana B on Mar 22, 2016
Are all of your bamboo plants non-invasive?
DeAnne C on May 31, 2014
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BEST ANSWER: I bought 3 multiplex bamboo and they are noninvasive. I purchased the multiplex because it was recommended to me by the director of our botanical gardens as being noninvasive.
Are plants runners or clumping ?
Richard M on Mar 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: When young, it behaves like a clump-forming Bamboo, but as it gets older and more established, it can spread. Many people never see issues with this since Black Bamboo is not as aggressive as typical running bamboo. If your area surrounding your bamboo is grass, then the lawn mower will eliminate any stray culms that may arise. If you have other planting beds next to your bamboo then you can wait to see if you get any unwanted growth. If so, then you can dig a 3-4" trench around your bamboo or put in some plant bed edging. Poor soil can keep it in a confined area, or planting it by a paved area can work, too.
You speak of the how tall the plant will grow but how much yard space does it take? I will be planting it inside our chain link fence.
A shopper on Jun 20, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Black Bamboo grown in rows can be confined to about 3-5 feet from your fence.
Will this bamboo roots damage my in-ground pool?
Bacchus on Apr 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Black Bamboo roots are thin and grow close to the surface. They are not strong like tree roots. We have never heard of bamboo roots damaging pools, sidewalks or structures. If you have a concern, you can install an inexpensive rhizome barrier that would block any stray roots from spreading.
I am in growing zone 6 and planted my black bamboo last May. Over the winter the plants turned yellowish/brown. Now it is spring and the plants are still yellowish brown, but most have new green shoots coming up. How long before the plants and leaves turn green again?
Susan D on May 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Your bamboo will replace all it's leaves over the the course of the year. The biggest growth spurt is late spring so you should see it soon and throughout the summer.
How do you plant and care for black bamboo as an indoor plant?
Diane J on Apr 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It is best to choose a pot that compliments both your style and your landscape. Besides style you also want to consider choosing pots that are practical for your landscape. You want to choose containers that are a minimum of 12 inches wide or more; this is considered a 5 gallon sized container.
Make sure that your containers have drainage holes. Having containers with drainage is crucial to your plants survival. The holes should be large enough to let out excess water, but not large enough that soil is falling out.
It is best to use a planting mix, potting soil or a homemade compost equivalent. In order to make your own planting mix, we recommend mixing five parts compost with one parts builder sand, one part vermiculite, and one quarter part of dry organic slow release fertilizer.
Gently remove your plants from their nursery container.
Start planting your tree in the center of the container and working outward. Scoop and fill soil in the container as needed. The soil should be at the same level that it had in the original nursery container. There should be no more or less of the plants stem covered.
Make sure to water your plant thoroughly after planting. After you water your plants check the soil level and add more if necessary. Make sure that there are no air pockets in the soil.
I'm looking to plant in raised planters approximately 12" in interior width. How far apart should I plant each bamboo plant?
Kris M on Jul 24, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Space them about 12" apart for the best results. Black Bamboo has a smaller spread when planted in containers or in tight rows instead of in the ground.
Is any part of this Black Bamboo edible?
John G on Mar 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can eat the new shoots; they are small, but sweet.
Will Black Bamboo overwinter in containers outside in Zone 6A?
Rosie on Jan 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, Black Bamboo will survive the winter outdoors in containers in zone 6 as long as they're kept warm. Spread a layer of mulch or straw around the base to keep the roots warm.
Can the black bamboo be pruned to say 15ft?
f z on Oct 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: of course, it basically grow like grass. be sure to let the new shoots grow all the way up and give them time to fill out before the trim (4 to 6 weeks from the time they appear) and apply a good feeding at the fourth week to help with any shocking. have fun!
Can the black bamboo handle lots of direct sun?
MICHAEL M on Jun 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I planted mine in large pots for the first year I kept them in a moderate area and they filled in nicely but did not grow like I read they would. (I'm trying to block my neighbors second story addition) About 3 months ago I moved them to the front of my house which gets major direct afternoon sun. They love it!! They have sprouted a lot of new large and long bamboo limbs. They really do like the sun. Very pretty plant I'm happy with my choice of the black bamboo I get many compliments on them. FYI
will black bamboo survive in zone 10 on a screened in lanai porch?
Sharon T on May 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they should do well there.
Are Black Bamboo deer resistant?
A shopper on Jul 3, 2014
BEST ANSWER: yes all bamboo is
IS this black bamboo a "clumping" variety?
tombosox on Aug 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would not call it clumping. It will produce a lot of canes which sometimes would appear to be clumping because so many canes came up close together but they are spread out as well.

The first year a few canes came up and grew 3-5 ft high. The second year, a lot more canes came up and grew 6-8 feet high.
The third year tons of canes came up and grew 6-15 feet tall in three weeks, and has accomplished what i was looking for, and that i a pretty green shield hiding my fence and the neighbors.

I did have to tie a lot of it up to keep it from bending over. I assume it is because we had an unusual amount of rain and wind this spring and the canes are very flexible when young.

The canes turn black in about a year after they come up.

Hope this helps.
If I don't have a sunny window can I use a plant light of some type?
JerseyCentral on Oct 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I planted black bamboo outside in a sunny area of the yard along a fence. Not growing as fast as I hoped but we have had a very cold winter and dry hot summer. Two plants are thriving - the others more slowly. They are all healthy in spite of South Jersey weather.
will this grow in Nebraska?
Lyca L on May 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It looks like most of Nebraska is in a zone 5 and the Black Bamboo is recommended for zones 6-10. The winters are likely to harsh for this plant. Here is a hardiness zone map to see what zone your locations is in:

Is this a running or clumping bamboo?
Julie M on May 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This is a clumping bamboo, no need for barriers
I want 2 planter privacy screen of about 50" each, would i need to buy 1 or 2 of the black bamboo?
yvelisse f on May 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hi, not sure if you are trying to cover a "Horizontal Area" of 50" or in height? The bamboo will come as a single to up to 3 in a clump. They will take some time to fill out so if you are looking for immediate privacy it will not fill the bill. However, they do grow pretty quickly and should fill in to your expectations within 2-5 years depending on your climate and growing conditions. Hope that helps!
Do the leaves stay in winter?
Lisa W on Oct 18, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Mine did, however I live in zone 9.
Can i plant black bamboo this late in the season? Winters are cold here in Moses Lake Wa. I am not sure of the zone. If they will grow here would I be able to plant in the ground or leave in pots to get thru the winter?
Laurie B on Oct 1, 2014
BEST ANSWER: In your zone (6) October would be just fine to plant this bamboo. I would not wait past November.
Is this black bamboo, non invasive?
A shopper on Sep 14, 2014
Is this a Phyllostachys variety? Can someone tell me scientific name on this?
Colette S on Aug 12, 2014
BEST ANSWER: This is the Phyllostachys nigra variety
can I plant a black bamboo in a 5''x6''x12'' container ?
Bob P on Jul 30, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I would plant it in a larger container to start off. A 7-10 gallon container would be good.
Does Black Bamboo grow in boise idaho?
Claudia A on Jul 28, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Sorry, I live in North TX, where it is doing great. I would have no idea about Idaho. I would assume you could look at a weather zone map for your area.
I live in zone 10 Do you think I can still grow this black bamboo?
M C on Jun 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The recommended growing zones for the Black Bamboo are 6-9 so a zone 10 might be a bit hot for this plant. However, there have been people to grow plants outside of their zone successfully. We do not put a warranty on plants outside of their zones.
To enclose a backyard how far apart should they be planted?
Ashley H on May 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would say about 2 feet apart. I bought mine 2 years ago and its only spread out about 1 foot.
How tall can a Black bamboo grow?
Pam B on Mar 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The mature height is 15-25 feet.
Is it just one plant for 107??
jo a on Feb 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They can be 3-6 stalks per pot.
How many plant should be bought to plant a straight line of 10 feet of horizontal ground - in order to fill-in in-between in about 3 yrs?
Wayne P on Nov 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You would need to plant 3-4 feet apart.
Is black Bamboo a house plant?
Sheilah Y on Sep 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This can be potted and put inside by a sunny window. We have a good number of customers who have used this as an indoor plant.

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