Along with other varieties the black bamboo can be considered as one of the species essential to the survival of the panda bear, currently endangered.
Moreover bamboo, one of the plants with world's fastest growing rate, is also valued as an essential resource for ancient Eastern societies, due to its nutritional or structural properties. In fact, there are several Asian cultures that believe that humanity emerged from a bamboo stalk.
In Chinese culture, together with plum blossom, orchid and chrysanthemum, are known as the Four Knights and represent the four seasons. Moreover, together with pine and plum blossom are also admired for their perseverance under harsh conditions and therefore are known as the 'Three Friends of Winter'.
Bamboos, native to Asia, were introduced in Europe in early 1800, and its use in gardens and exotic plant of great beauty came quickly. Precisely the Phyllostachys nigra due to the black coloring of its stem, deep as the ebony, is one of the most used.