Photo copyright 2005 Noah Bell
Photo copyright 2005 Ned Jaquith
Phyllostachys nigra 'Megurochiku'
Maximum Height: 30 feet
(50 feet in hot climates)
Maximum Diameter: 3 inches
Hardiness: 0° F
USDA Zone recommended 7
This interesting form of P. nigra has a black
stripe on the sulcus of the cane. It is very similar to P. nigra 'Henon'
in form and growth habit, canes baring small, feather-like leaves. We found this rare bamboo growing at
Kubota Garden in Seattle, Washington, in 1991. It was reported that this
bamboo could only be found on a single island in Japan. It turns out to
be a fairly common bamboo in Seattle, having been used in many landscaping
jobs by the Kubota family over the years. The photo of the new shoot at the
bottom is actually of Ph. nigra 'Bory',
but all forms of nigra have culm sheaths
that are the same, only the color of the culms are different.
Photo copyright: Jed Doty, 1997