Phyllostachys nigra Henon 2 -Year Plant
Bamboo/Ornamental Grasses : Phyllostachys nigra Henon 2 -Year Plant
Phyllostachys nigra 'Henon'
(Giant Grey Bamboo)
* Full sun partialshade * Zone 6-11 * 15'-30' tall
Beautiful pale grey Stems!!
Drought Tolerant, LowMaintenance!
Henon Black bamboo plants are 2 years old now in one gallon containers and are very fast growing.
P. nigra 'Henon' is one of the largest bamboo available in the temperate climate. Easily capable of growing 30feet tall, it averages 40 feet, and we have seen a very old grove in Vancouver, WA. which has achieved 50 feet; a towering forest of giant grey culms.
'Henon' has similar characteristics as Black Bamboo and is thought to be the original species from which Black, 'Megurochiuku', 'Bory', and many other variations of P. nigra diverged. Its best quality is the small, feather-like leaf pattern. When viewed from a distance, one can peer into it's airy depth within layers upon layers of delicate green foliage.
Also noteworthy is the pale grey color of the old culms, inspiration for the nickname "Giant Grey Bamboo". The new shoots, first visible in April, have burgundy colored culm sheaths that are covered with very fine, brown hairs (identical to Black Bamboo, 'Bory', and other cultivars of P. nigra). The culm sheaths are shucked off by the unfolding branches, revealing light green culms. Over the seasons they gradually change to a pale greenish-grey. A venerable, five year old culm, is a uniform cloudy grey. There is always a subtle mixture of colors representing the old and the young.
P. nigra 'Henon' has exceptional hardiness. Evergreen in Zone 7 or warmer. In Zone 6 it may loose some of the foliage on top, and, baring a very cold winter, is probably root hardy to Zone 5. In Zone 6 or lower, its ultimate height will probably be no greater than 25 feet. If a well established bamboo looses all of its culms in a severe winter, the root mass will grow back vigorously next spring to usually 3/4 of the original size. A 4 to 6 inch layer of mulch or compost applied to the root mass in the Fall will increase the growth put on next spring. The added warmth, insulation, and nutrients, will help the bamboo to over winter, sustaining less damage. The culms and leaves are only half the story; the root mass and rhizomes are the heart and soul of bamboo, a stronghold of energy.
'Henon' makes a beautiful specimen and can be grown into a true bamboo forest if given adequate space. A growing area 30 or more feet in circumference is ideal. It can also be persuaded to form a very tall, narrow privacy screen. The noble "Giant Grey" has also been used successfully as a 30 foot tall container plant in a grocery store (WholeFoods), shopping mall (Pioneer Place), and several other commercial landscapes, both indoors and outdoors, in Portland, Oregon. If grown indoors, it needs a well lit area and higher than average air humidity.
Excellent as a privacy screen - tall hedge or as a decorative specimen plant in a Japanese garden, Phyllostachys nigra is rapid growing runner type bamboo grows well in full sun or partial shade and once established they are low maintenance and require watering only in the very driest conditions. The plants pictured represents what the mature plants will look like. You will receive 2 foot tall fast growing transplants with green stems that turn grey as they mature. Plants are shipped semi bare root to save on Priority Mail shipping fee.
Goes well with Variegated Japanese Forest Grass, Zebra Grass, and 'Bloodgood' Japanese Maple. Check out our store to find these and other great plants!
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