Tropical Black Bamboo
Gigantochloa atroviolacea

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Gigantochloa (jy-gan-toh-KLOH-uh) (Info)
Species: atroviolacea (at-roh-vy-oh-LAH-see-uh) (Info)

Category:

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Height:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Garden Grove, California

Ventura, California

Loxahatchee, Florida

Kurtistown, Hawaii

Galveston, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Apr 14, 2009, joelleb from Escondido, CA wrote:

Despite it being a verrry slow starter, it is so impressive, I gots to admit, I love it. Makes me want to move to Timor.

Positive

On May 7, 2004, dbinnix from Garden Grove, CA wrote:

This one of the three large clumping black bamboo. See Bambusa lako and Dendrocalamus asper "Betung Hitam" for the other two. This plant has the characteristic of turning black much faster than the other two so most of the time the whole stand can be black giving it a more dramatic impact. It grows well in Southern California and does actual come up frequently at Botanical Garden plant sales.