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Bambusa lako - Timor Black Bamboo

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Bamboo
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae) (Grasses)
Origin: Indonesia (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Bloomtime: Not Significant
Synonyms: [Gigantochloa atroviolacea 'Timor Black']
Height: 20-30 feet
Width: Clumping
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): High Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Bambusa lako (Timor Black Bamboo) - This fast growing clump-forming bamboo has shiny dark chocolate to nearly black colored culms with some thin green striping and medium to large (for bamboo) bright green leaves on the upper half of the plant. The culms are straight and erect to about 45 to 50 feet tall with a 4 inch diameter in the tropics, but more in the 20 to 30 foot range elsewhere. Though considered a clumping bamboo, the new culms can arise up to 2 feet away from the base, so older clumps are relatively open with new shoots starting off a medium-green color and darkening as they mature. Plant in full sun with regular irrigation and fertilize often. Grows best in warm conditions with only light frosts. It is considered hardy to 25F - we have had it over winter without protection to 28F and in January 2007 our plant in the garden survived 25F but was covered at the time with frost cloth (agryl fabric). This bamboo comes from the Indonesian island of Timor. It has also been sold as Gigantochloa atroviolacea. Our plants originally from Bamboo Headquarters.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We also try to incorporate comments received from others and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Bambusa lako.