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Black Stripe Bamboo - Phyllostachys Nigra Megurochiku
Black Stripe, Phyllostachys nigra 'Megurochiku', is a very beautiful, rare collector species, timber size bamboo with brown to purplish-black grooves on each internode. Scroll down for more details!

Black Stripe Bamboo - Phyllostachys Nigra Megurochiku

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Black Stripe Bamboo
Phyllostachys nigra 'Megurochiku'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6b-11   Find Your Zone 

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6b, where this Bamboo variety is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

Black Stripe, Phyllostachys nigra 'Megurochiku', is a very beautiful, rare collector species, timber size bamboo with brown to purplish-black grooves on each internode. It is drought tolerant and noted to have high quality wood for crafting purposes. Grows up to 54 feet in height and will tolerate temperatures to 0 degrees F. Will tolerate some partial shade but best color and stripes will occur with more sun.




Landscape & Other Uses

Containers/Pots: Good
Crafts: Excellent
Edible: Excellent
Hedge: Too tall
Indoor: Too large
Ornamental: Excellent
Privacy Screen: High branches
Specimen: Yes, in containers
Wood Quality: Excellent




Cultural Preferences

Henon Giant Bamboo is easy to grow in any average, well-drained but moist soil and full to mostly sun. During the first growing season after planting, water as needed to keep soil around the plants moist, but not soggy or wet. When established, most bamboo will tolerate periods of dry weather, however, will appreciate an occasional deep soaking if the leaves begin to curl from drought stress.

Black Stripe is a running bamboo, which means it spreads. Bamboo can be controlled in a small area (a normal city yard) simply by mowing or stepping on the young shoots. New shoots of some bamboo can also be used for culinary purposes and cooked, much like asparagus. Keep in mind that running bamboo only puts up new shoots for a short time each year and, when they are "shooting," the new plants are very fragile and easy to destroy. Root pruning or a Bamboo Root Barrier are other methods to control spread.








Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6b-11Find Your Zone
Type: Running, moderate
Height: Up to 54'
Spread: 10'+ with no control
Culm Diameter: 3.5"
Sun: Full Sun or Part Shade
Soil: Average, well-drained
Growth Rate: Fast


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