This unusual bamboo is the darkest colored form of 'Jiuzhaigou' collected from Jiuzhaigou Park in northern Sichuan China by R. Willumeit . The canes age to a deep, wine color, with purple and red branches. Kimmei Nursery in Holland describes them as turning almost black. It is also thought to be one of the shortest forms, averaging only about 8 feet. We have only a few available for sale and haven't grown it in the ground long enough to determine the full height and potential in the Pacific Northwest. It should be equally hardy as other Jiuzhaigou and safe from flowering for a very long time. It seems to be more vigorous than other forms of Jiuzhaigou which is a plus. This one definitely has potential for a small, but gorgeous garden specimen. "Black Cherry" is in reference to its incredible color. Like all forms of Jiuzhaigou, the foliage is small, delicate looking, and it curls in direct sunlight or intense cold. The leaves extra measure of protection add to its hardiness. It looks best when grown in an area with a few hours of morning sun and protection in the afternoon.