Henon bamboo

Phyllostachys nigra var. henonis | Rating: 2 votes | Print / Pdf

An evergreen bamboo, phyllostachys nigra var. henonis is amongst the tallest species of the genus around but still small enough to suit most large home gardens.  A variety of the black bamboo, it is best known as henon bamboo, with its bright green young canes turning dark after a few years. It also boasts a wealth of long, lance-shaped leaves, creating superb garden foliage. Often planted to create a natural garden screen, the henon bamboo is happiest in moist but well-drained loamy soil. It is not as invasive as other species, but pruning is still necessary, so remove dead culms after flowering.

Rate it:
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 20
Spread [m]
  • 5
Dominant flower colour
  • Inconspicuous or absent
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Foliage in spring
  • Yellow-green
Foliage in summer
  • Yellow-green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Yellow-green
Foliage in winter
  • Yellow-green
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • division
Growth habit
  • Arching
  • Upright
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z7-11
Heat zone
  • H12-4
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -18 - 4
Heat days
  • 14 - 210
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Grasses, ferns & bamboo
  • Bamboos
Grown for
  • Ornamental foliage and habit
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Show-offs
  • Bonsai
  • Neighbour repellant
  • For every season
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Woodland
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Specimen
  • Architectural
  • Hedges and screens
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years