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Phyllostachys aurea - Golden Bamboo

English Name: Golden Bamboo, Fish Pole Bamboo
Japanese Name: Hoteichiku
Max Height: 27 Feet (8 m)
Max Diameter: 1.75 inches (4.5 cm)
Minimum Temp: 0°F (-18°C)
Light Exposure: Full sun
Rhizome System: Running (leptomorph)

Notes: Phyllostachys aurea is a popular ornamental bamboo in the United States and Asia. In fact, it is the most commonly grown species in the United States and possibly the first bamboo introduced into the US. It is tolerant to many weather conditions, growing well in both tropical and temperate regions. Like most Phyllostachys bamboos it spreads rapidly, and has the potential to shoot sporadically throughout the growing season. The culms are strong, straight, and green, eventually turning an attractive golden yellow color if exposed to direct sunlight. The internodes are tightly compressed at the base, giving the culms a tortoise shell type pattern. The branches are dense and form close to the ground, making it an ideal choice for a hedge or short privacy screen.


Phyllostachys aurea Golden Bamboo
Phyllostachys aurea - Golden Bamboo Culm (Photo: KENPEI)


Phyllostachys aurea Golden Bamboo Grove
Phyllostachys aurea - Golden Bamboo Grove (Photo: KENPEI)