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Phyllostachys nigra 'Hale'

Black Bamboo

Max/Avg Height (ft.): 25, 20

Diameter: 2.25 inches

Hardiness: 5° F

USDA Zones: 7-10

It has jet black culms, the same as our other nigra, and like our other black they emerge green and then turn black in a while. The new culms sometimes turn black fairly quickly on our plants, but larger culms can take two or three years to darken. The upper picture is in a grove of Hale, and as you can see not all culms are entirely black. The culms that are just beginning to turn black are about 9 or 10 months old. Hale is reported to be shorter and hardier than other clones but I am doubtful. It is probably just a nice clone of nigra.

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Plant Name

#1

1 to 3 ft

#2

2 to 4 ft

#5

4 to 7 ft

#10

7 to 12 ft

#15

12 to 15 ft

#20

15 to 18 ft

#25

18 to 25 ft

#45

up to 35 ft
max / avg.
Height (ft.) in Zone 8
Running
or Clumping
USDA
Zone
Light Tolerance range
(1-5)
Phyllostachys nigra 'Hale'
$35
$50
$105
$165
$220
$290
$320
$520
25, 20
R
7-10
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