This is the first time I came across a black bamboo clump. I thought it got burnt (silly me)… upon close examination it is phyllostachy nigra indeed. It originated from China and now has been propagating even in the States.

The young culms/canes are green. Over time it will turn ebony black. The leaves remain bright green. It propagate easily and non-invasive. It’s great for garden edge or if you’re building a Japanese garden. The shade of black and green is just striking.

For me I don’t have a garden… so I wonder if we can use it for pansoh manok (chicken cooked in bamboo)? 😉