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Phyllostachys nigra

Black Bamboo Plant
  • £44.99 (ex VAT)
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A popular black stemmed bamboo, Phyllostachys nigra will grow to 3 x 2 metres in 20 years when given a moist position in full or part sun. The narrow, evergreen foliage makes a good screen and sounds appealingly, like trickling water, when a breeze passes through it.

A very nice bushy bamboo for use as a feature plant or screening. Black Bamboo is great for creating an oriental themed garden or for a tranquil, zen garden.

This is a clump forming variety and is one of the varieties that is less prone to spreading out of control. Browse all clump forming Bamboo plants.

AKA Black bamboo, Black stemmed bamboo, Black bamboo shrub

  • Common name: Black bamboo tree
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 3 x 2 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
  • Foliage: Green, lance-shaped leaves year-round
  • Soil: Prefers a loamy soil and a moist but well-drained site

Planting Advice for Phyllostachys nigra Plants

Our pot grown Black Bamboo plants can be planted at any time of the year. Prepare your planting site by removing all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. We recommend lining the hole if you want to prevent the Bamboo from spreading. To help the Bamboo establish more effectively, we advise sprinkling root grow  in the hole, especially if you have poor soil.

Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. If your soil is poor, mix 50% of the original soil with 50% high quality compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the plant.

Aftercare Advice for Phyllostachys nigra Plants

If you’re planting in spring or summer, water well and regularly for the first few months. Make sure to keep an eye on young Bamboo and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. Bamboo plants do not like sitting in wet soil for long periods of time, so avoid over watering.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. A good tip for bamboo plants is leave some of the fallen leaves around the base of your plants as they contain silica which improves strength and stability.

Pruning Advice for Phyllostachys nigra Plants

Black bamboo plants are very low maintenance. They simply need tidying up in spring by cutting weak or damaged canes down to ground level using secateurs.

Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can request where they are left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs assistance.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature, pleached or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy additional trees with no increase in delivery cost.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

Below are definitions of various forms, which refer to the shape of the tree defined by the pruning it has received. For more advice, please contact us.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branch), which supports a branched crown. Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height.

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

The table below gives sizes and forms available for this variety, along with photos you can enlarge (these are only a guideline as all plants are unique so vary).

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Phyllostachys nigra Form: Clump Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot Phyllostachys nigra Price £44.99 (ex VAT)
Clump 150-200cm 10L pot £44.99 (ex VAT)
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