Black Bamboo Hedge Plant Description
Phyllostachys nigra is evergreen, grows remarkably fast and has striking, black-coloured canes (creany-green in the first year) which constrast with the green foliage. Black Bamboo is a popular choice for a low maintenance, tall hedge and has become a sought after plant in modern garden design in recent years.
Black Bamboo is technically clump forming and has an arching habit. Despite being classed as a clumping variety, depending on ground conditions, Phyllostachys nigra can be somewhat invasive so they are best in areas where there is room to spread, or kept planted in a pot twice the size of the root (even underground). They can also be grown in slightly dry soil which is not their preference, however, in this case the roots may travel to find moisture. In good conditions they will grow up to 6m tall. To achieve their full height, they prefer a moist soil, so we recommend planting them slightly below ground level (just an inch or two) so that there's a dish around the canes to hold some rainwater.
Black Bamboo can take a year or two to fully settle and they need to be watered well until they are established. Feed alternate years in late spring after the first shoots have reached full height. They prefer sun or semi-shade and will grow by 60/90cm each year.
As an alternative, tall-growing, clumping variety to Phyllostachys nigra we recommend Umbrella Bamboo, which has an attractive, flowing habit with denser foliage, ideal for screening.
For other alternatives to Black Bamboo, see the 'also recommended' list below of different Bamboo varieties and alternative fast-growing species. However, if you still need help to decide which hedge is the right one for you, we'd recommend that you visit our Choosing the Right Species
page which has suggestions and alternatives for every situation.
Youll see our recommended planting densities for each size and root type listed next to the products below. We suggest that you use these as a guide, taking into consideration how long youre willing to wait to see your finished hedge. As a rough indication bare roots can be planted at anything from 3 to 7 per metre and cell grown between 4 and 6 - the higher densities here would need to be planted in a double staggered row or zig-zag.
For more information on planting distances please see our planting density advice section. Prices shown are the price per plant unless otherwise stated.
As Black Bamboo is such a fast growing species pruning will need to be done regularly to keep the desired effect. Any unwanted or damaged canes should be cut down to ground level in springtime and any new black bamboo shoots should also be pruned to the established height of the plants.
General hedge trimming should be done twice a year, once in early June and again in late September. It is important to prune at the right time, so as not to remove healthy growing shoots.
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|Packaging Type||Standard Delivery Charge||Minimum Order Values (incl VAT) for FREE Delivery|
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