A distinct variety of Bambusa textilis that develops purple/black culms.
The culms darken over a much longer period than Bambusa lako or Gigantochloa atroviolacea. Each new shoot takes up to a year after culm development to complete the darkening process. Sunlight, even filtered sunlight, is important to develop the dark culms. Any culms that are fully shaded will remain green.
Since 2012, we've made seven attempts to import this bamboo, each time the propagules not surviving the import process. Finally, in 2016, another attempt succeeded. Two offsets were collected at South China Botanic Garden and sent to USDA quarantine. These were cleared and released in 2018. They're now growing in our test field and propagation has begun in 2020.
UPDATE: We now have EIGHT, well rooted, single culm specimens in 3 gallon containers.
These are now available, first come first served. Any ordered for mail order will ship no earlier than the week of July 20th. We will not sell more than one to each customer/collector. When all eight are sold, there will be no more available until 2021.
Tropical Bamboo Nursery is donating 20% of the proceeds form the sale of these new releases to the Ned Jaquith Foundation to encourage and support bamboo research projects increasing the collective knowledge of bamboo.
UPDATE: As of July 30th, 2020, we have sold out of the original eight first release bamboos. We should have new inventory ready by the summer of 2021.
About 20' - 25' tall with about 1 1/2" dia. culms.
Min. temp 15°F. Min USDA zone: 8b.
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