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Black Bamboo is by far our most popular bamboo variety. It's one of the fastest growing privacy plants, quickly blocking out unwanted sites... all while giving you an attractive hedge.

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Black Bamboo

Almost Instant Natural Privacy Screen... That Takes Little Space!

Size:  5-6 ft.

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6 at $ 160.49 each
Size:  3-4 ft.

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Size:  2-3 ft.

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Size:  1-2 ft.

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Planting Mix for Bamboo Trees
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.

Soil Contents
$ 13.98
Sale: $ 9.09
Black Bamboo
Transplant Fertilizer
DIEHARD™ Transplant - 2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using DIEHARD™ 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 need nutrition.

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

1 oz. Per Gallon Size Container
1 oz. Per Ft. High Bare Root Plant

DIEHARD Transplant
$ 11.90
Sale: $ 7.74

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

You can now enjoy a natural living wall with a tropical feel.

Its Feng Shui for your landscape.

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

Most bamboo varieties can get out of control and grow into your yard. Black Bamboo is different. It's well behaved and easy to keep right where you want it. The new shoots start out green and then turn black with age. So you will get a small color show in your garden.

Bamboo is the fastest growing privacy plant you can find, and it takes up very little room in your yard. It can grow as much as 10-12 feet a year! Plant your potted bamboo every 3 or 4 feet for a quick, dense privacy screen.

If you are familiar with bamboo, you’ll know that Black Bamboo is the most demanded variety. Black Bamboo gives you all the admirable qualities of regular bamboo varieties, like its extreme growth rate... but with a unique black color.

Be sure to select a spot that you can allow this perfect specimen to mature naturally for a gorgeous and dramatic display.

Black Bamboo is the most eye-catching as a privacy screen! And no matter where you live, you can enjoy the beauty of Black Bamboo.

It is striking in the landscape, garden or in containers on your patio. It's so adaptable, it even thrives as a house plant.

Black Bamboo has a graceful and lovely natural shape. Beautiful all year long. Plant it where it gets bright, filtered or partial sun... and just sit back to enjoy the beauty.

This rugged, low-maintenance plant quickly adapts to most soil types. Anyone can enjoy growing and admiring this beautiful Black Bamboo in a chemical free yard... it has no known pests or diseases.

We know you are going to be thrilled with the vigor and beauty from the moment your rare new specimen plant arrives. All you need to do is open the box, give the roots a drink and plant it.

We are a huge Black Bamboo grower, and we sell out every year. We recommend you place your order soon while supplies are still available.

Growing Zones: 6-9

Mature Height: 15-25 ft.
Mature Width: 5-10 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Phyllostachys nigra
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 6-9
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 6-9
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It's Easy to Plant your Black Bamboo

Specific Directions for Black Bamboo

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.

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Black Bamboo.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Black Bamboo gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Black Bamboo again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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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
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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.
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December 31, 2012
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
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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
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December 31, 2012
5 months ago
not for zone 6
Black bamboo came in good shape. Unfortunately, it didn't survive Pittsburgh PA winter.
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September 4, 2014
1 year ago
The product shipped fast and it was well-secured in the box. I order the 5-7 inch and I think it might be over 7 ft. However, the plant does not look like the plant in the picture. It only has one thick bamboo stalk and a bunch of little sticks. The one bamboo stalk is actually light green & the reason I wanted it is because I liked the black/green contrast.
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December 31, 2012
2 years ago
Great product! showed up quickly, it was healthier looking than any other products I have looked at. It is growing like crazy
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December 31, 2012
3 years ago
This bamboo is really interesting and will be a different barrier for the edge of the yard blocking the electric poles from direct view from the house. We are very happy with the results so far.
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December 31, 2012
it looks very different that the picture and no planning instructions are included
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December 31, 2012
1 year ago
my black bamboo just arrived, it is so much bigger than I expected...and it is beautiful
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December 31, 2012
1 year ago
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
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December 31, 2012
2 years 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.
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November 7, 2014
4 months ago
Growth Rate
Does black bamboo thrive in Canada ?
Does black bamboo thrive in Canada ? planning to grow black bamboo but not sure will they sruvive in winter ...
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November 6, 2014
From Kitchener , ON, CA
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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.
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September 20, 2014
From Tunkhannock, PA, US
5 months ago
My blackbamboo arrived in great shape and is doing great! Love it!
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December 31, 2012
1 year ago
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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.
Reply · Report · elizabeth w on May 31, 2014
looking for thhe best bamboo to make a fence row ,,,fast growimg and spreads quickly, what do i need ? north Ms.
johnny b on Jun 3, 2014
Best Answer: Hi Johnny, I purchased my bamboo for indoor use; so, I am unable to provide an accurate review for you. Best wishes...
Reply · Report · Michelle C on Jun 3, 2014
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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 gets 15 to 25 feet tall and 5 to 10 feet wide.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 25, 2014
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How many limbs of black bamboo will i receive with one order?
Sebastian on Jun 20, 2014
Best Answer: The amount of stalks that comes with the Black Bamboo varies. It can come with between 1 to 3 stalks, but will create more.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 25, 2014
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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: Black Bamboo spreads about 5 to 10 feet so for a privacy fence plant them about 5 feet apart.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 29, 2014
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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
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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!
Reply · Report · Ken W on Oct 8, 2014
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Are Black Bamboo deer resistant?
A shopper on Jul 3, 2014
Best Answer: yes all bamboo is
Reply · Report · Danny R on Jul 4, 2014
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I live in zone 10 Do you think I can still grow this black bamboo?
M C on Jun 27, 2014
Best Answer: Yes. I live in S. California and have seen the Black Bamboo do really well. I do have a sprinkler very close to them and they get watered 3-4 times a week. Nothing soaking. I would water them heavily after the initial planting for a couple of weeks. But two things to be weary of: 1. They don't turn black until they've matured, usually in a year or two, 2. These are running bamboo. Do not plant them unless you've dug at least a three foot trench and around them and filled with cement or have them in a controlled area. These "plants" will overrun your yard, your neighbors yard and you'll never get rid of them!!!
Reply · Report · Robert F on Jun 28, 2014
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Mini black bamboo?
A shopper on Aug 16, 2014
Best Answer: It has stayed "mini" for us, but may be because we live in zone 5/6. First planted them in the spring of 2013, but the hard winter killed them, so company graciously sent us new plants...hoping they'll survive this winter!
Reply · Report · Susan M on Aug 21, 2014
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Do the leaves stay in winter?
Lisa W on Oct 18, 2014
Best Answer: Mine did, however I live in zone 9.
Reply · Report · Renda M on Oct 18, 2014
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Is this black bamboo, non invasive?
A shopper on Sep 14, 2014
Best Answer: the clumping varieties are much less invasive. however, it is best to assume that all bamboo is invasive. a barrier is always suggested. I built 12x12x240 inch boxes and used a plastic liner about two credit cards thick. be sure to build in proper drainage. good for keeping neighbors at bay. have fun!
Reply · Report · Ken W on Oct 8, 2014
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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
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Aug 14, 2014
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My neighbor's bamboo has come into my garden - how do I get rid of it?
Danna M on Jun 15, 2014
Best Answer: The rhizomes need to blocked from moving into the area you want to protect. Dig a 2 foot deep ditch around the bamboo and put a 35mm thick plastic barrier in the ditch. There is a plastic barrier designed for this purpose and commercially available.
Reply · Report · Lloyd J on Jun 18, 2014
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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: not a good idea if a hard freeze will penetrate 6 to 8 inches deep. a straw, or heavy leaf mulch blanket will help keep that from happening. you are not in the best zone for this plant, but it is possible. planting on the sunny side of a wall will also help. good luck!
Reply · Report · Ken W on Oct 8, 2014
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can I plant a black bamboo in a 5''x6''x12'' container ?
Bob P on Jul 30, 2014
Best Answer: Hi! I don't know if I can answer your question in a direct manner. I planted mine on the ground and it seems to grow fast and wide. I am out of the country now and will not see it for another year, but when I saw it last I was surprised how fast it has grown. So, I would say, if you have access to land , try planting it outside. I have no experience planting these things in pots. Sorry.
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Does Black Bamboo grow in boise idaho?
Claudia A on Jul 28, 2014
Best Answer: Boise is in zone 6 so the Black Bamboo grows fine there. However a cold hardier privacy tree like the Emerald Green Thuja may give you better results.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Aug 13, 2014
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what width and height will it arrive, and what size is container?
A shopper on Jul 13, 2014
Best Answer: The width, height and size depends on the size that you order and the quantity. Our packers carefully pack every plant in a container fit for safe transit. We have many different box sizes to ensure the perfect fit. Unfortunately each plant is a unique individual with it's own size so this answer can't be determined until your plant has been packaged for shipment.
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I live in Pocatello Idaho at an elevation of 5100 feet. The temperature range is USUALLY 0 F in Winter and 90 to 100 in Summer. Would this plant (Black Bamboo) be able to grow here and do well?
farmtere on Jul 7, 2014
Best Answer: That sounds like it's too cold for Black Bamboo.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 10, 2014
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Can bamboo be planted indoors?
If so, can it be shipped to ny?

I am
Looking for tall indoor trees ( 5-6 ft)
Do u sell any?
If so, please send info. Your website is impossible for large INDOOR trees.
susan on Nov 2, 2014
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can this be grown inside?
susan on Nov 2, 2014
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Due to cold weather in some parts of the country, we have suspended shipping to the areas that are shaded on the map below. Please view the diagram to determine if your area has been affected. This includes anyone in Growing Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our Growing Zone Finder.

We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date. If you live in a shaded area but wish to receive your product(s) now, please visit our contact us page here or call a customer service rep toll free at 888-504-2001.

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Orders are occasionally delayed if we see really bad weather approaching, or if we encounter unusual circumstances. A small number of our plants show a specific release date. If you purchase one of these and would like your other items sooner, just let us know. 
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$15.00-$23.99 $12.95
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Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

Potted Tree Dormant Tree Bare Root Tree
Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.