Timor Black (Bambusa lako)
Known for it's chocolate black canes with lime green stripes, the Timor Black is one of the world's most beautiful bamboos. It prefers a sheltered position, as direct exposure to the afternoon sun on the black canes will cause some sun-bleaching to occur. For this reason it is best protected from direct afternoon sun exposure. The canes are erect and really stand out among the stunning lime green leaves. A fantastic specimen bamboo for any garden.
This bamboo was sold in Australia for years as the similar and equally beautiful G atroviolacea. The main differences are Timor Black has a light green hairless striped shoot plus chocolate black culms whereas G-atroviolacea has sooty black culms and dark hairy stripe-free shoot.
Black bamboo prefers to be planted in the ground rather than in pots, and compared to some other bamboos is on the slower growing side.
Shoots are edible.
|FULL NAME:||Timor Black
|HEIGHT WHEN MATURE:||10-15m|
|POLE DIAMETER MATURE:||10cm|
|SHAPE:||Upright / straight|
|LEAF FORMATION:||Culms are visible 1/2 of plant then bushy at top|
|SUGGESTED PLANTING DISTANCE:||1.5m between plants|
|LANDSCAPE OPTIONS:||Screen, windbreak, feature plant,
|KNOWN FOR:||Glossy black poles with long green leaves|
|OK FOR POTS?||Prefers to be in the ground|
|BEST CLIMATE:||Full sun to part shade|
|TEMPERATURE RANGE:||to -3°C (prefers a tropical climate)|
|WATERING:||Every other day for first month until established.|
|OPTIMIM FEEDING:||Twice a year (Spring & Autumn) - suggested Osmocote slow release 6mth|
|BEST SOIL:||Free draining soils with good organics turned over. Can mulch with a leaf litter (not tea tree). If soil is sand mix in organic matter. If clay mounding is recommended.|
|SHIPMENT OPTIONS:||200mm pots - can fit up to 6 in a special plant box.
300mm & 45L bags need to be trucked in, see our freight information page for approx pricing and delivery schedules.