Phyllostachys nigra (Black Bamboo) - An evergreen, slow growing, running bamboo to 20-30 feet tall. Canes grow in green and turn black in their second year; when mature they can reach a diameter of 1 1/2 inches. Hardy to 0F. Protect from hot direct summer sun inland and from reflected heat along the coast. A wonderful specimen plant for a container, in an oriental garden, or mixed with blade-leafed plants and grasses. This bamboo is particularly sensitive to salts and minerals in the air, water and soil, which results in leaf tip burn. Bamboo not too dense forming graceful privacy screen.