'Black Bamboo'. Hardly needs an introduction; the unique and well known favourite, making a gracefully arching upright plant to about 3m high. Culms often green in their first year, becoming jet black, especially with good light. Not overly vigorous for a Phyllostachys with limited spread at the root unless very happy, though easy to control with rhizome barrier or a trench. Loves sun, heat and rain. Perfectly hardy.