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Fargesia nitida 'Black Pearl' | Black Pearl Bamboo - 140-160cm - 7.5lt

Fargesia nitida 'Black Pearl' | Black Pearl Bamboo - 140-160cm - 7.5lt

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Fargesia nitida 'Black Pearl', often referred to simply as Black Pearl bamboo, is a strikingly elegant ornamental bamboo species known for its compact size, graceful appearance, and deep, rich colouring. Belonging to the genus Fargesia, which encompasses clumping bamboos, 'Black Pearl' is a non-invasive variety, making it a popular choice for gardeners seeking to add bamboo to their landscapes without worrying about it spreading uncontrollably.

One of the most distinctive features of Fargesia nitida 'Black Pearl' is its dark, almost black culms (stems), which contrast beautifully with its delicate green foliage. The culms emerge a deep purple-black colour, intensifying as they mature, and create a stunning visual impact, particularly when planted in groups or used as a focal point in the garden. These dark stems stand out prominently against the backdrop of lush green leaves, providing a striking and dramatic effect.

In addition to its aesthetic appeal, 'Black Pearl' bamboo is also valued for its relatively compact size, making it suitable for smaller gardens or for use as a decorative accent in larger landscapes. It typically reaches heights of around 3 to 5 metres, with a clumping growth habit that helps it maintain a neat and tidy appearance. This compact growth habit also makes it well-suited for container planting, allowing gardeners to enjoy its beauty on patios, balconies, or other confined spaces.

Like other members of the Fargesia genus, 'Black Pearl' bamboo prefers moist, well-drained soil and partial to full shade. It is relatively low-maintenance once established, requiring occasional watering during dry spells and minimal pruning to remove any dead or damaged foliage. With proper care, it can thrive in a variety of climates, adding year-round interest to the garden with its distinctive colouring and graceful form.

  • Common Name

    Black Pearl Bamboo

  • Family


  • Type

    evergreen bamboo

  • Pot Size


  • Height (cm)


  • Native To


  • Flower

    rarely flowering

  • Foliage

    narrow, bright green leaves

  • Maturation period

    5–10 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height


Mature Width


Shape / habit

bushy, upright to arching

Preferred Location


South–facing or West–facing, sheltered

Soil Type

acid, alkaline, neutral, full sun, partial shade

Soil moisture

moist but well–drained

Growing Period


rarely flowering


all year


rarely fruiting

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