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The Beauty of Black Bamboo

Updated on September 22, 2014

Black Bamboo.

I love all types of bamboo but my most favorite of them all is Black Bamboo.

Bamboo grown in part of the garden can create a wild yet serene feel to a space as it softens the garden area with its delicate green leaves attached to a long, slender dark stem.

When planting bamboo one has to be most careful to contain the plant as they spread over large areas, sending runners from under the ground which create new shoots that can take over the whole of the garden area, if left to its own devices, along with your neighbours as well.

Black Bamboo grown in pots can make a real statement when placed around a courtyard or patio area giving a peaceful, tranquil, almost spiritual atmosphere to an otherwise drab area.

Black bamboo is an elegant, graceful plant that has been grown and used over the centuries in cultures and countries such as China and Japan having with it a strong spiritual connection.

Black Bamboo and Bamboos Within Different Cultures

Black bamboo 'phyllostachys nigra' is a perennial shrub being the largest member of the grass family.

It is the fastest growing plant on earth surging up skywards as it grows.

There are two forms of bamboos which relate to the general pattern of growth.

These are referred to as 'clumping' and 'running' bamboos.

The Black bamboo is a 'clumping' bamboo that tends to spread slowly as it grows, whereas the 'running' bamboo sends out rhizomes and spreads at a rapid rate so needs to be looked after and kept under control.

Bamboo has been used by many cultures especially throughout Asian in various ways and is an integrable part many different religions.

In Chinese culture bamboo is a symbol of longevity as it has a long life where as in India it is a symbol of friendship.

Bamboo was and wide spread though out early China were it was used as a medium for written documents.

In Chinese culture, bamboo, plum blossom, orchid and chrysanthemum are know as the 'Four Noble Ones' representing the four seasons.

Bamboo forests often surround Shinto shrines in Japan as they believe it acts as a barrier against evil spirits.

Many Buddhist Temples have Bamboo groves.

In Northern India in the state of Assam, bamboo is fermented into a paste known as 'Khorish' a folk remedy for the treatment of impotence, infertility and menstrual pain.

Vietnamese culture is regarded as bamboo culture, an old saying going 'when bamboo is old, the new bamboo sprouts appear' symbolising the regeneration of a culture.

Traditional Vietnamese villages are surrounded by thick bamboo hedges.

Bamboo Grove
Bamboo Grove

The Many Uses of Bamboo Plants.

Bamboo has been used throughout history in many ways and has many uses.

The fresh shoots of the bamboo have been use within Asia for many years.

Bamboo shoots are the new clumps of new shoots that form and are usually used in cooking finely chopped, boiled and added with coconut to various vegetable dishes.

The pith of the young shoots are also used in cooking.

The Empty hollows of the bamboo stalks are used often throughout Asia.

Soups are boiled and the rice is cooked in the hollows directly over the flame.

In China bamboo was used to hold up simple suspension bridges.

The cable being used was made from split bamboo or by twisting whole clumps of pliable bamboo together.

In the Philippines, 'the Ni pa Hut', is an example of basic housing where bamboo is used.

The walls are made of split and woven bamboo and the slats and poles of bamboo are used as the support.

Bamboo stalks are decorated and used as poles.These are used to surround the stairs of shrines and temples to warn of evil.

Bamboo Deer Chasers are popular in gardens.

This ancient device was used centuries ago to chase away deer from the vegetable garden.

The deer chaser makes a soft clunk every time the water cycles though and hits the stone below and in so doing frightens the deer that are nearby.

Today people are starting to use this simple material bamboo again.

Some people are building modern houses with this simple low cost material bamboo and achieving a natural simplicity with a modem form.

Bamboo used as a natural fibre is very popular today, an alternative to synthetics and is used in underwear and nightwear.

As a material it both breaths well and is very comfortable to wear. A great new natural organic fibre.

Bamboo Deer Chaser
Bamboo Deer Chaser

Using Black Bamboo

I love Black Bamboo!

I love all types of bamboo especially Black Bamboo, do you?

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Bamboo Art Work
Bamboo Art Work

© 2009 Julia M S Pearce

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      I love the look of black bamboo. We are thinking of doing a room with bamboo flooring, this may be an option. I didn't know it had so many uses. Very interesting article!

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      Jenny Campbell 

      4 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      So much information and so interesting. A great hub, Julia.

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      6 years ago

      I really enjoyed black bamboo. I have never heard of it before

    • SheGetsCreative profile image

      Angela F 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Never knew there was black bamboo - love learning new things!

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      Maurice Glaude 

      6 years ago from Mobile, AL

      I'm with Tipi, again surprised by all I didn't know. I'm getting excited reading all of your interesting lenses.

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      7 years ago

      I didn't know of the different types of bamboo and certainly had never heard of black bamboo until now. Bamboo has so many wonderful uses and has the advantage of being a renewable resource, well done!

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      7 years ago

      Really interesting info. on black bamboo! Great work!

    • howtocurecancer profile image


      7 years ago

      I favorited your lens, lovely.

    • CynzdaReveur profile image


      7 years ago

      Wow, great information about black bamboos. They are really exotic and beautiful, especially in photography. Thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      I love bamboo, but I don't believe I've ever seen black bamboo. It's beautiful, and now I want some!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      Wow! It really is beautiful! I don't believe I have ever seen black bamboo before!

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      7 years ago

      you know, right now we all are sobbing and sulking about the growing fears of an Apocalypse which is slowing consuming the earth. Its starting from Arctic Poles and soon might spread all over. It all happens because we have this thing to make a natural jungle into a concrete forest. Why cut down trees ? Just because we need more apartments over there? The natureâs fury cannot be fathomed by anyone and by destroying trees, we are destroying ourselves in the way -

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      7 years ago

      Bamboo comes in various colours. But my favorite from all the bamboos is the black one.

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      Bambi Watson 

      7 years ago

      Very cool ~ never heard of black bamboo before ~ I want some! :)

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      8 years ago

      Never aware of black bamboos before - thanks for this revealing lens of new discovery.

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      8 years ago

      What a fabulous topic to write a lens on. Black bamboo is exotic, elegant and useful in so many ways. Great lens, I learned a lot.

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      Heather Burns 

      8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I love bamboo. This is an awesome page!

    • WhiteOak50 profile image


      8 years ago

      I have never seen nor heard of black bamboo before BUT now that I have I will have to look for some, it is beautiful. I have a lot of lucky bamboo in my house, I just cannot get enough of it. For me it is so beautiful with great energy. I wonderful if they sell black bamboo like that? Great Lens!

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      Spook LM 

      8 years ago

      I'm fond of bamboo and have a bit of it in my own garden here in Ireland, of all places. Merry Xmas. Blessed by an Angel.

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      8 years ago

      I never saw black bamboo before, excited to find it here. And fresh shoots of bamboo tastes really yum, yeah, yum!

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      8 years ago

      I would love to grow some black bamboo. It's beautiful. We put a bamboo screen across our back fence a few years ago and it's almost to the point where we don't see our neighbor's house. Great stuff!

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      8 years ago

      I've had bamboo plants around my house, but never black bamboo - it adds a new element of style that definitely appeals to me..

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      Jimmie Quick 

      8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      I think the black bamboo is very pretty. I see lots of bamboo, living in Asia. It's also very delicious and a great building material.

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      8 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

    • VarietyWriter2 profile image


      8 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      Julia M S Pearce 

      8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      @redroses lm: Thanks Redroses for dropping by! Would like to have some black bamboo in ceramic pots..oneday. It can take off if not clumping variety.

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      Jenny Campbell 

      8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      There is a heap of information here. I love black bamboo too but in the drought it began to look pretty tatty so we killed it. The stalks have been used to make gates. Great lens! So much work involved.

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      Susanna Duffy 

      8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      It's certainly gorgeous but I'm always frantic about any getting under my brickwork. If you had a large garden this would be lovely indeed

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      rewards4life info 

      8 years ago

      Great lens. We've got a few bamboo plants in our garden, and it think they look lovely (they are growing very quickly as well) Thanks for sharing.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Popping back to this wonderful lens to give it a well deserved blessing!

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      9 years ago

      I see more and more items made from bamboo as it is easily renewable and green is the hot topic these days. I see cutting boards and wooden floors, but I've never seen Black Bamboo cutting boards. I bet they would be really really nice looking.

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      9 years ago

      Bamboo is such a awesome plant. What a great lens about black bamboo. Great job!

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      Rhonda Albom 

      9 years ago from New Zealand

      I've never seen black bamboo before. It looks fantastic.

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      9 years ago

      I had never heard of black bamboo, but it looks cool! 5 *

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      9 years ago

      Black bamboo is new to me, too! Sure is beautiful!

    • jmsp206 profile imageAUTHOR

      Julia M S Pearce 

      9 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      [in reply to Marelisa] Thank you so much everyone for all the positive comments and for dropping by!

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      9 years ago

      I love bamboo, but I really had no idea that there was such a thing as black bamboo. You learn something new every day. :-)

    • cjsysreform profile image


      9 years ago

      Lovely images and lots of info. Another aesthetically pleasing and educational Julia lens. :)

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      HorseAndPony LM 

      9 years ago

      Nice Lens. We love all types of bamboo.

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      Dianne Loomos 

      9 years ago

      I had never heard of the black bamboo. I have read that bamboo is very efficient at making oxygen. I'd like to have some along our creek but it would have to be a non-invasive variety.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love Bamboo but was not familiar with the Black Bamboo. It is beautiful. We have a very slender variety of bamboo growing wild on the creek behind our house. I used the Lucky Bamboo as the theme for my son and daughter in law's wedding. I thought it looked very pretty. Great lens and informative. Thank you.

    • justholidays profile image


      9 years ago

      Very nice lens relating to Bamboos. I learned a lot about the subject thanks to this lens.

      Rated 5***** and fav'd it, of course :)



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