The foliage of Phyllostachys nigra in detail
The foliage of Phyllostachys nigra in detail
Phyllostachys nigra multi-stems on the Barcham Trees nursery
Small - multi-stem Black Bamboo from this batch

Phyllostachys nigra Multi-stem

Black Bamboo

Estimated fully grown height 3-5m

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Product Details

Small specimens are 1.5-2m tall

Phyllostachys nigra is a dramatic Bamboo which is native to Central and Eastern China.

Bamboo is evergreen, producing a multi-stemmed display of both stems and foliage all year round.  The canes emerge green in colour before further turning brown and then black with age, usually this takes up to 3 seasons.  The foliage is lance shaped and bright green, which contrasts attractively with the dark coloured stems.

Phyllostachys nigra is often planted as a hedge as it readily tolerates very hard pruning and grows with vigour.  Whilst it is less vigorous than the Golden counterpart, it is still considered a fast  grower and will tolerate very hard pruning, potentially to 5cm from ground level in the spring to encourage a fresh display of growth.  This also has the benefit that the size and width of the plant will be managed, as in domestic gardens this tree can quickly get out of hand.

Black Bamboo will tolerate most soil conditions that are well drained and do best in a sunny position.  This multi-stemmed tree is best planted where space allows, as whilst it is not a tall specimen at maturity, it is vigorous and has the capacity to spread with earnest.  It makes a good screen along a boundary and should not be planted within the vicinity of buildings or foundations.

Mature Height: 3-5m

Tree Specification

Tree Location
Garden, Parkland,
Mature Height
Blossom Colour
Foliage Colour
Looks good in
Fruit & Nut
Soil Type
Well drained, Will tolerate most soil types,
Autumn Colour
Good for waterlogged soil
Pleached Tree

Planting Video

Delivery Guide

Barcham Trees are delivered using a local team of hauliers whom are well versed in transporting trees across the length and breadth of the UK. Our standard delivery is based upon sharing a delivery slot on one of our lorries and is calculated on a county by county basis.

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Free delivery is granted on the following order levels:
England, orders over £2,750
Wales, orders over £3,750
Scotland, orders over £4,750

Once you have completed your order online we will phone you to schedule in your delivery. On many occasions we are able to link in your order quickly but please allow up to 15 working days from the time of order to delivery as the worst case scenario.

Please note that all of our deliveries are made on Heavy Goods Vehicles, with our smallest available lorry generally being a 10 tonne vehicle. Deliveries are made to kerbside, or nearest reasonable access point and the lorry drivers are unable to move the trees once they are onsite.

For those of you ordering Instant trees, have special requirements or access limitations, please remember that throughout this process we are only a phone call away! Our experienced team of arborists are on hand to offer advice and can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am - 5:30pm on 01353 720 950.

For further details of our delivery service and conditions, please visit our Delivery Service Advice page.