Photo copyright: Ned Jaquith, 1997
Ned Jaquith standing beneath a large grove of Henon.

Phyllostachys nigra 'Henon'
Common names: Henon, Hachiku

Maximum Height: 50 feet
Maximum Diameter: 3.5 inches
Hardiness: -5° F
USDA Zone recommended 7 through 10 (possibly 6b)

This green culmed timber bamboo is thought to be the true species from which ‘Black Bamboo’ originated. In the Pacific Northwest it is one of the largest bamboos. There are mature stands that reach a height of 50 feet with a culm diameter of nearly 4 inches. The wood of this species has greater density and strength than most other timber bamboo except P. bambusoides. It may be much hardier than 0° F, possibly hardy to -10° F. The culms age to an distinct olive grey color; some call it as “Giant Grey Bamboo”. It’s vigorous growth, feather-like leaf pattern, and upright habit, make 'Henon’ one of the finest choices for a true bamboo forest.

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Photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2009
P. nigra 'Henon'  at entrance of Bamboo Garden