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Black Bamboo

Phyllostachys nigra

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Growing Zones: 7-10
(hardy down to 10℉)

Growing Zones 7-10
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

15-25 ft.

Mature Width:

5-10 ft.



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Botanical Name:

Phyllostachys nigra

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Cold Hardy and Ultra-Chic

Defined by its unique, fast-growing appearance and cold hardy strength, Black Bamboo is a well-curated choice for indoors or outdoors. And since it's low-maintenance and hassle-free, it's perfect for beginner gardeners.

But what sets the Black Bamboo apart?

For starters, the Black Bamboo withstands temperatures down to 10 degrees, making it one of the hardiest Bamboo varieties available. Gardeners in far-North states can plant their Bamboo in pots, then bring them inside for the winter. 

Best of all, this tree's striking appearance is second to none. When your tree arrives, the shoots will be green. By the second year, (or even sooner!) they'll transition to a flat black colorLush, deep green foliage provides an interesting contrast that is incomparable to other bamboos. It's an amazing addition to any garden as a focal point, or a central part of your home decor.

Plus, it's a fast, durable grower that will claim 10 to 12 feet each year, ultimately reaching 25 feet in height. And since it's easy to tame, you can trim it to the height you desire. Some of our customers order several and plant them 3 to 5 feet apart to create a privacy screen.

Effortlessly versatile and lush - is there anything better? We grow your Black Bamboo in their own containers from the very beginning, so you'll get a full, healthy root system that establishes quickly and explodes with new growth without all the work. More roots mean more canes that are healthy, thick and vigorous. Order your own Black Bamboo for instant luxuriance today!


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Customer Reviews

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The bamboo tree was in good shape apon arrival, and its growing, and I am very pleased with this purchase. Thank you.
December 15, 2018
2 months ago
Excellent qulaity
So far so good. They’ve only been in the grind a short time so I cannot comment on growth and sustainability. The quality of the plants is very impressive. The plants were larger than I thought, and appear to be healthily. I expect them to grow nicely.
November 14, 2018
3 months ago
So Far, So Good
Our black bamboo plants were a gift for our daughter's coastal family home. They arrived in okay shape but the root balls were pretty dry. The chutes and leaves were green, however. I personally planted these outdoors using peat and other soil additives as directed to ensure that they would survive in the hot Florida clime and very sandy soil. It is important to keep the roots moist (not overly soaked) as they dry out quickly in the summer heat and fast draining soil. One plant is in partial shade and it is thriving well. The other plant gets more afternoon sun and so it shows some distress at times. Overall, they look okay for now. We'll see how well these black bamboo plants hold up in the next 6-12 months.
September 9, 2018
6 months ago
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Not what I expected
Had very high hopes for this plant after reading the description of this variety. Unfortunately, it is not doing well. It came with some type of bug and we have been fighting to get rid of them since it arrived. I’m not giving up yet but still very disappointed. Glad I purchased the insurance because I don’t know if it will survive.
July 19, 2018
11 months ago
Black Bamboo planted 9 months ago in Rockport Texas. Got 2 6' canes and 21 shorter shoots this spring. Lots of underground action going on this summer. I am looking forward to next spring's output. It's getting used to the heat. I'm a happy customer and recommend online plant orders from fast growing trees
Rockport Texas, 5 starts 6' tall in the ground 9 mo. Lots of underground action! Happy customer.
Rockport Texas, 5 starts 6' tall in the ground 9 mo. Lots of underground action! Happy customer.
June 2, 2018
1 year ago
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It was nice for several weeks. It even started growing new shoots. But then, all of a sudden, it died.
June 2, 2018
1 year ago
I needed a quick all year round visual blockade at the entrance to my wildlife rehabilitation and private drive area.The black bamboo is beautiful,pest resistant,deer resistant. It is not highly aggressive in growth habits.Black bamboo has the desired clumping growth pattern that helps mantain growth where growth is wanted. Three plants are showing spikes of growth from the root system.One plant looks mostly dead. I hope it survives
May 12, 2018
10 months ago
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Love it
I love my black bamboo! Within a few weeks it has already produced two new chutes. You can practically watch it grow.
May 12, 2018
10 months ago
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I purchased 2 of the Black Bamboo plants last Spring. Both seemed to be doing well, however neither survived my Maryland Winter in a protected area.
April 28, 2018
Surviving well, even though our week of near 0 temps. The Black Bamboo started slowly but is gaining ground well.
January 21, 2018
1 year ago
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Planting & Care

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

Black Bamboo Planting Diretions

Growing Bamboo will add beauty and character while helping to create a tropical look few other plants can achieve.  Follow these easy steps to quickly and successfully grow Bamboo in your desired location.


Location: For best results, Bamboo will thrive in warm temperatures. Give your Bamboo a sunny spot that will provide some shade in the winter.  The combination of sun and frost in the winter can actually dehydrate the plant.  Bamboo prefers loamy soil which contains a mixture of sand, silt and clay and offers good drainage.  Also, since the Bamboo’s root system is shallow, provide protection from high winds.


Planting Instructions:
1) Dig a hole with the same depth as the plant’s container and about twice its width.  Do not dig too deep or narrow as this will prevent the rhizomes from getting the necessary oxygen and nutrients.
2) Mix 1 part organic compost into the removed soil.  Do not use manure which can harm the young plant.
3) Carefully place the Bamboo plant in the hole.
4) Fill the Hole with the removed soil mixture making sure the plant is level and taking care not to damage the delicate roots of the Bamboo.
5) Remove any air pockets that may have formed while filling the hole.
6) Test the sturdiness of the plant once in the ground to make sure winds will not be able to topple it.
7) Water generously to the entire planting area and firm down the surrounding soil.


Watering: Water your Bamboo between 2-5 times each week as necessary.  Water frequency will differ depending on the time of year and local climate conditions.  Cooler locations typically require less frequent watering than warmer areas.


Fertilization: Once your Bamboo becomes established you should implement a regular fertilizing schedule.  A high nitrogen organic fertilizer is the best choice for Bamboo. You can apply a standard lawn fertilizer high in nitrogen.  Apply once in the summer and again in the fall.


Winter Protection: Keep your Bamboo protected from freezing temperatures and high winds.  It’s not actually the frost that will damage the Bamboo but the lack of moisture, so be sure to water as necessary.  The best protection against winds is to provide a location that can deflect direct winds and to make sure a strong root system is established while the plant is young.


*Cover the planting area with a layer of mulch to help protect the roots and rhizomes.
*Use an organic mulch which will help promote healthy and vigorous growth, preserve moisture, and protect the plant from pests.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
I like the tropical look of the plant.
Christa P on Nov 11, 2018
It's beautiful and I need some plants that will help clean the air in my house.because of my asthma, so I thought how lucky a wonderful looking plant .
Becca T on Nov 8, 2018
I like the tropical look of the plant.
Christa P on Nov 11, 2018
fast growing
Wei G on Nov 10, 2018
It's beautiful and I need some plants that will help clean the air in my house.because of my asthma, so I thought how lucky a wonderful looking plant .
Becca T on Nov 8, 2018
Fast growing, blocks lights and noise from bar next door, looks fantastic!
Teresa on Oct 4, 2018
nice looking indoor plant
Orkid on Sep 21, 2018
need for yard privacy
Craig J on Jun 30, 2018
Privacy by beauty, unique look
Leah M on Jun 28, 2018
I want a privacy screen on my patio that will work through all seasons. I'm planning to put two in pots and like that they can winter outdoors in my region.
Delores H on Apr 2, 2018
Its Really Cool Looking - It spreads creating thick privacy - It grows up to 30' tall - You can use the Bamboo for cool stuff when cut down.
keith w on Mar 17, 2018
Looking for privacy sturdy tree
Irene H on Mar 6, 2018
My boyfriend has been wanting one of these because they're unique and beautiful. Can't wait for it to arrive, he's going to be so surprised
Heidi H on Mar 5, 2018
Fast growing, grows in clusters and the color
Libby M on Mar 5, 2018
My MHP is called bamboo tree so I wanted to get some bamboo trees
Colleen W on Dec 12, 2017
Love bamboo that's all
Nina B on Oct 31, 2017
Decorative tree
James B on Oct 30, 2017
I like it
Darrell T on Mar 10, 2017
Jessica M on Mar 9, 2017
I am looking for a good plant to provide privacy screening
Kathryn M on Mar 4, 2017
I really need some privacy!
Raquel R P on Mar 2, 2017
This is a part of my security, wind block, and noise shield
David T on Feb 20, 2017
I wanted a noninvasive bamboo
Mary B on Feb 20, 2017
Very unusual! It makes a statement...
Lori K on Feb 19, 2017
After 22 years of experiencing natural privacy, the adjacent property to us has been sold. The neighbors must be lumber jacks as they cleared all of the beautiful trees away, leaving no privacy between our property and theirs. So we need to restore on our ground what has been removed on their ground on the hill.
Deborah T on Feb 14, 2017
The bamboo will enhance our little pond. It is a protected SE spot, can't wait to watch it grow!
Thomas S on Feb 10, 2017
For beauty and privacy
Randy S on Feb 9, 2017
Looking for a fast growing screen to cover fence - that stays attractive year-round
Flora H on Feb 4, 2017
I absolutely love bamboo and will create a privacy screen to protect the wild animals in my woods.
Carol J on Jan 30, 2017
For outdoor privacy and indoor decorating.
Eno b on Jan 5, 2017
privacy and green look.
Eric G on Dec 28, 2016
LINDA D on Dec 13, 2016
My favorite plant from very young age.
Tom Z on Nov 20, 2016
outdoor privacy
leslie c on Nov 17, 2016
different and pretty, for my entry
Susan L on Nov 15, 2016
This is a pretty bamboo that will create a lovely deck screen with the plants in pots.
valerie l on Nov 3, 2016
Unique, black bamboo, different, amazing and a must have for any bamboo connoisseur!
Daniel G on Oct 2, 2016
Indoor decoration/ air purification.
Alma G on Sep 22, 2016
privacy fence next year but a house plant this year.
Grace D on Sep 18, 2016
Easy care
I mitsumi M on Sep 6, 2016
Beautiful option for privacy!
Joao Marcelo B on Sep 3, 2016
the color
alvin c on Sep 3, 2016
Because it's so beautiful
Peter B on Sep 3, 2016
My friend likes/prefers exotic house plants.
Helen H on Sep 2, 2016
I am looking for a hearty house plant for the Foyer.
Ken J on Aug 28, 2016
I`ll love to give my home a tropical accent with these plants hopefully I can make them grow and keep them for long time, as a first buyer from Fast Growing Trees I hope they send me the good stuff. I`ll post it again as soon I receive my plants.
Fernando R P on Aug 22, 2016
Beautiful tree for a great price!
Naveen P on Aug 20, 2016
Francis C on Aug 18, 2016
I have always liked the look of indoor growing bamboo and wanted to try it myself.
CHRISTINE C M on Aug 14, 2016
love the look and the privacy it will create
Tamara H on Aug 7, 2016
I need a great screen.
robert W on Aug 4, 2016
I LOVE BAMBOO!! exotic looking!!
JUDITH L on Aug 4, 2016
fast growing
Wei G on Nov 10, 2018
Fast growing, blocks lights and noise from bar next door, looks fantastic!
Teresa on Oct 4, 2018
Are all of your bamboo plants non-invasive?
DeAnne C on May 31, 2014
Black Bamboo
Black Bamboo
Golden Bamboo
Golden Bamboo
Multiplex Bamboo
Multiplex Bamboo
Sunset Glow Bamboo
Sunset Glow Bamboo
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 inch 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
can this do well in filtered light or shade in Atlanta ga ?
michelle a on Sep 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Mine is planted in shade and is doing well. Full sun would probably promote faster growth, but I'm satisfied with how well they're doing.
If I don't have a sunny window can I use a plant light of some type?
JerseyCentral on Oct 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can use a grow light for your bamboo. It should provide sufficient lighting for your plant. They normally require full to partial sun, so you may need to keep it under the grow light a good 4-6 hours or as directions state.
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!
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 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.
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.
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
How many come in one pot?
Steve on Dec 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Mine had two to three shoots. They send up more in the spring.
Does it come with the bottom base how it shows in image? Or can I purchase like that? Thanx.
Daya. on Oct 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: All of our plants are in a black planters pot, which you would need to transplant into a container of your choice.
Is it just one plant for 107??
jo a on Feb 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can separate them before planting.
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:
will this survive pittsburgh pa winters and will deer eat it?
gerryg on Apr 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 6-9. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
Do the leaves stay in winter?
Lisa W on Oct 18, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Mine did, however I live in zone 9.
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.

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