Introduced in 1827, black bamboo became the first hardy oriental bamboo. The legendary ‘Black’ is native to Taiwan and China it can withstand temperatures to 5 F. Top and foliage damage occurs in the low teens during dry winds. New canes emerge green and turn ebony black within two years. The culm sheath have wavy blades with prominent oral setae, auricles and ligules. The culms are not as erect in shaded sides as some other species and tend to weep or arch over. Pruning can correct this behavior. Recommended for USDA Climate Zones 7-9. It is being grown successfully in climate zone 6 with some top damage during the severe winter seasons. Bamboo grows a little different than most plants. The bamboo that you get initially never grows vertically again. It has babies that are taller, that has babies that are taller. Every generation should be taller that the previous year’s shoots. The intriguing aspect is that each year’s growth emerges and grows to it complete height in 60-90 days. They spread as they produce larger growth, filling in and providing a screen. Planting bamboo is also easy. You want to dig a hole about twice the size of the root ball. When you plant the bamboo amend your soil with composted manure and a good top soil. Bamboo can be planted at ground level or slightly deeper. It is not a picky about it conditions but this will help get it off to a good start. Bamboo can be very unpredictable as to growth and spreading even when instructions or recommendations are followed. It is important to know this and understand before use of this product. The customer admits that he/she understands the problems of spreading for bamboo and understands recommendations for growing bamboo. The customer also understands that it is their responsibility to be aware and abide by any local, state or other laws and rules governing the use of bamboo. The customer accepts responsibility for use/misuse of the product.