Henon bamboo Phyllostachys nigra f. henonis

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Not blooming
🍪 Edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
Henon bamboo
Henon bamboo
Henon bamboo
Henon bamboo
Henon bamboo
Henon bamboo
Henon bamboo
Henon bamboo
Henon bamboo
Henon bamboo
Henon bamboo


Phyllostachys nigra f. henonis, commonly known as Henon bamboo, is characterized by its distinctive appearance which includes a range of visual features that set it apart from other bamboo species. This bamboo showcases a graceful form with slender and sturdy canes that arch slightly under the weight of the foliage. Initially, the canes have a green hue, but as they mature, they retain a largely green coloration rather than the black color that is typical of the more common variety of black bamboo. The leaves of Henon bamboo are narrow and elongated with a fresh green color, creating a lush and dense canopy. The slender leaves form clusters at the nodes where the leaf stalks attach to the canes. This dense, leafy growth contributes to its popularity as an ornamental plant, as it provides a rich texture and vibrant green backdrop in the landscape. Henon bamboo may produce flowers, which are a rare occurrence and often not a significant feature in terms of the plant's aesthetics. In such events, the blooms are small and inconspicuous, with the overall visual interest of the plant remaining in its structural form and the contrast between the canes and the verdant foliage. Overall, Henon bamboo possesses an elegant and upright habit, coupled with a delicate leaf structure, which makes it a visually appealing choice for gardens and landscaping projects where a calming and serene green presence is desired.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Henon Bamboo, Gray Bamboo

    • Common names

      Phyllostachys nigra var. henonis, Phyllostachys henonis, Bambusa henonis, Arundinaria henonis, Phyllostachys nigra 'Henonis'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The plant commonly known as Henon bamboo is not known to be toxic to humans. Ingesting parts of this plant typically does not result in poisoning or adverse health effects when handled properly. Consequently, there are no specific symptoms of poisoning associated with this bamboo variety in humans.

    • To pets

      Henon bamboo is not known to be toxic to pets either. It is not associated with causing poisoning in animals such as dogs, cats, or other domestic pets when they ingest parts of this plant. Therefore, no specific symptoms of poisoning are expected if pets consume Henon bamboo under normal circumstances.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Height

      15-30 feet (4.5-9 meters)

    • Spread

      5-15 feet (1.5-4.5 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Landscape Ornamentation: Henon bamboo adds an aesthetic appeal to landscapes with its elegant, tall canes and lush foliage.
    • Natural Privacy Screen: The dense growth habit of Henon bamboo makes it an effective natural barrier for privacy.
    • Erosion Control: The robust root system helps stabilize soil and prevent erosion on slopes or riverbanks.
    • Noise Reduction: The thick foliage and canes can dampen noise, creating a more peaceful environment.
    • Cultural Significance: In many cultures, bamboo has symbolic meanings and is used in traditional arts and crafts.
    • Wildlife Habitat: Provides shelter and food for a variety of wildlife, including birds and insects.
    • Fast Growing: Henon bamboo has a rapid growth rate, making it a quick option for achieving landscape effects.
    • Sustainable Material: Bamboo is known for its sustainability and can be harvested for construction or handicrafts without damaging the environment.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Phyllostachys nigra, commonly known as black bamboo, can be used in crafting musical instruments such as flutes and didgeridoos for its resonant and durable canes.
    • The polished canes of black bamboo are often used as decorative elements in home and garden design, bringing a sleek and exotic aesthetic.
    • When sliced into thin strips, black bamboo can be woven into baskets, mats, and other handcrafted items showcasing its flexibility and strength.
    • Black bamboo is used in the construction of eco-friendly bicycles, where its canes serve as a sustainable alternative to traditional metal frames.
    • Gardeners sometimes use black bamboo canes as stakes or supports for other plants due to their robustness and natural appearance.
    • The mature canes of black bamboo are used in making furniture, such as chairs and tables, offering a lightweight and renewable material choice.
    • Black bamboo’s striking appearance is employed in the creation of unique jewelry pieces, such as bracelets and necklaces.
    • In landscaping, black bamboo is utilized to create living privacy screens or hedges that can quickly grow to desired heights and densities.
    • Culinary artists use young black bamboo shots as molds for shaping rice or other food items, adding an artistic touch to their presentation.
    • Due to its high-growth rate and dense foliage, black bamboo can be cultivated as a renewable resource for biomass energy production.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant_name is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The plant_name is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Flexibility and Adaptability: As a type of bamboo, Henon bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra f. henonis) symbolizes flexibility and adaptability due to its ability to bend without breaking in the wind.
    • Strength and Resilience: Bamboo is known for its strength and resilience, symbolizing the ability to withstand challenging conditions and rebound from difficulties.
    • Longevity: Bamboo has a long life, and in many cultures, it symbolizes long life and by extension, good health.
    • Growth and Prosperity: The fast growth rate of bamboo makes it a symbol of rapid growth and is often associated with prosperity and success.
    • Peace and Tranquility: The rustling sounds of bamboo leaves are considered calming, leading to the symbolism of peace and tranquility.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    For the Phyllostachys nigra 'Henon', more commonly known as Henon bamboo, ensure consistent moisture in the soil as it prefers a slightly damp environment. During the growing season in spring and summer, water the Henon bamboo deeply at least once a week, providing about 1-2 gallons per plant, depending on soil type and weather conditions. During hot, dry periods, increase watering frequency to twice a week to maintain soil moisture. In winter, reduce watering to every other week or less, depending on rainfall and temperatures, as the plant requires less water during dormancy. Avoid overwatering to prevent root rot.

  • sunLight

    Henon bamboo thrives in full sun to partial shade. The ideal spot for this plant is an area that receives at least four hours of direct sunlight each day with some afternoon shade, especially in hot climates. However, it is adaptable and can also tolerate a shadier location, although growth may be less vigorous in low light conditions.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Henon bamboo is hardy and can withstand a range of temperature conditions. It can survive in temperatures as low as 5°F and as high as 95°F, but it performs best in areas where the average temperature remains between 30°F and 90°F. This bamboo is versatile but should be protected from extreme cold or heat to prevent damage to foliage and roots.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Henon bamboo is mainly done to manage size and shape, as well as to remove any dead or damaged culms (bamboo stems). Pruning can be performed anytime, but the best time is in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. Thinning is recommended rather than heavy pruning, removing up to a third of the mature culms annually to stimulate new growth.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for Henon Bamboo should be well-draining and rich in organic matter. A mix of loam, compost, and sandy soil is ideal, with a pH between 6.0 to 6.5, ensuring adequate drainage and nutrient availability for healthy growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Henon Bamboo, being a vigorous spreader once established, typically does not require frequent repotting. It should be repotted or divided every few years as it matures to manage its growth and prevent it from becoming root-bound.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Henon Bamboo thrives in moderate to high humidity conditions. While it is adaptable to various humidity levels, maintaining a humidity level between 40% and 60% will help promote healthy foliage and vigorous growth.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright indirect light, water regularly, and maintain humidity.

    • Outdoor

      Choose a sunny to part-shaded spot, water well, and use rich soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      7-10 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Phyllostachys nigra 'Henon', commonly referred to as Henon Bamboo, begins its life as a seed, although it mostly propagates vegetatively via rhizomes. When conditions are favorable, typically in spring, new shoots emerge from the rhizomes and rapidly grow upwards, reaching their full height within a few weeks. The shoots then begin to lignify and develop into woody culms with distinct internodes. Over the following years, the culms will produce branches and leaves, achieving full leaf expansion and contributing to the photosynthetic capacity of the plant. As a perennial plant, Henon Bamboo has a lifecycle extending over multiple years, with individual culms living for up to ten years or more. Periodically, typically every few years, the bamboo will produce flowers, after which the individual culms that flowered often die, while the plant as a whole continues to live and propagate through its rhizome system.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Phyllostachys nigra f. henonis, commonly known as Henon bamboo, is typically propagated by division. This is the most popular method due to its simplicity and effectiveness. The best time to propagate Henon bamboo by division is in the early spring as the plant emerges from its dormant period and the new shoots start to grow. To propagate by division, a mature clump of the bamboo is carefully dug up and the rhizomes, which are the underground stems, are divided into sections. Each section must have at least one or two viable buds or culms. These sections are then planted in well-prepared soil where they will establish their own root system and grow into new plants. Adequate watering is crucial in the initial stages to promote healthy growth. The divisions should be spaced about 3 to 5 feet apart (about 1 to 1.5 meters) to allow each new plant sufficient room to spread and mature.