Phyllostachys nigra (black bamboo)
Most popular ornamental bamboo, canes come up green in first year and turn black in the second. Easily cultivated in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island areas as well as inland. Generally described as clumping bamboo when planted in clay soil, it may run in sandy soil. Peace of mind achieved by barriering with concrete, metal, or hard plastic to a depth of three feet.
Can achieve a height of thirty feet plus in a single growing season but readily accepts cropping without loss of beauty. Leaves grow entire length of cane. As each culm (cane) grows for only one season, later developing canes grow much shorter and remain so. Likes water and nitrogen (lawn fertilizer) and stores fall fertilizer for spring development. Usual delivered height is 2 - 8 feet, starting at $40.
The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011