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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles
'Phyllostachys nigra' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.
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Stems varying from 10 to 20 ft high in different parts of the country, and from 1⁄2 to 11⁄4 in. in diameter, very hollow; at first green, they become with age quite black; the branchlets usually mottled. Leaves in plume-like masses, usually 2 to 31⁄2 in. long, 1⁄4 to 5⁄8 in. wide (sometimes larger), of thin texture, dark green above, rather glaucous beneath, glabrous on both surfaces, the margins roughened with minute teeth; secondary veins three to six each side the midrib. When quite young there is a slight downiness at the base of the midrib beneath. The leaf-sheath is terminated by a few erect bristles. Bot. Mag., t. 7994.
Native of China, and one of the most elegant of bamboos; very distinct because of its black stems. It is a quite hardy species when once established, although it grows much larger in hotter climates. It flowered in many parts of the world including Britain between 1931 and 1935 and has probably a very long life cycle. It is the oldest of Phyllostachys in English gardens and, according to Loudon, was 7 ft high in the Horticultural Society’s gardens in 1837. It was introduced by the nurseryman Loddiges around 1825, probably from Canton.
P. henonis Mitf.
P. puberula (Miq.) Munro
Bambusa puberula Miq