Gigantochloa atroviolacea (Java Black)

Put simply...if you want black, then the Java Black is the best. The sooty black culms and large lush leaves make this bamboo a spectacular feature plant. It is quite a large bamboo, so best suited to large blocks of land and acreage. Great timber.

Meaning of name: 'Atro' in Latin means Dark. 'Violacea' means Violet (Purple)
Pronunciation: at-roh-vy-oh-LAH-see-uh


Typical height: 10 to 15m
Typical culm diameter: 10cm
Minimum temperature tolerance: -2°C
Climate: Prefers tropical or subtropical climates.
Light conditions: Full sun
Growth habit: Upright, slightly weeping tops
Growing conditions: Moist, well drained soil. Keep well mulched.
Origin: Indonesia


Quantity Stock image Options Price incl. GST
42  in stock
Gigantochloa atroviolacea (Java Black) - 5 litre bag Gigantochloa atroviolacea (Java Black) - 5 litre bag
Typical height 1m
10  in stock
Gigantochloa atroviolacea (Java Black) - 300mm pot Gigantochloa atroviolacea (Java Black) - 300mm pot
Typical height 2m


This is pure magic in any garden. A beautiful centerpiece if space permits its largish size. It's commonly known as 'Java Black' and features very dark culms with thin green stripes. Fairly tight clumping and erect culms.

This species is the best 'black bamboo' available due to its rich colour, predominant white nodes and its ability to resist colour loss (fading) due to sun exposure (like the other black bamboos do).

The timber is excellent - very dense heavy timber and reasonably thick walled. Great for any sort of construction, furniture, fencing, etc.

Will grow in southern temperate climates, though may not reach full height.



Gigantochloa atroviolacea (Java Black) - 5 litre bag

Barcode 101011003005
Shipping Weight 3.5000kg

Gigantochloa atroviolacea (Java Black) - 300mm pot

Barcode 101011003011
Shipping Weight 9.0000kg

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