Description: Native to some provinces of China, Black Bamboo (Nigra) is a trendy bamboo. We have trialled and tested many black bamboos and have had the most success with Nigra in the Victorian climate. Nigra is a very upright bamboo. New canes start green and then turn black with age and exposure to the sun. However, This can take 2 or 3 seasons to occur. Leaves can brown off at the tips due to under watering, too much hot sun or hot winds. If this happens, then give it plenty of water. In a few weeks, new foliage will appear. Black bamboo will look great in part sun and spots protected from the sun. As Nigra is a running bamboo, it can be planted in big pots or long planter pots. Nigra can also be planted in high raised garden beds to create a beautiful grove. If you want to grow in a garden, then it may be best to use a root barrier that is approximately knee-high in the ground. The more you cut this bamboo back, the thicker the leaves become. Black bamboo has a small leaf.