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Phyllostachys nigra

Black Bamboo
Poaceae (Gramineae)
Bamboo

China. Grows 15 to 20 ft., but can be held to 4 to 8 ft. New culms emerge green, but turn black in their second year. This is a running bamboo that shows more or less vertical growth. Can be grown in containers. Flexible canes tend to lean over, even to the ground, in heavy rain or snow.

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