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Phyllostachys aurea/Golden Bamboo

Phyllostachys aurea / Phyllostachys aurea
Bamboo canes showing the interesting joints
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Bamboo canes showing the interesting joints

Bamboo canes turn golden with age

Bamboo and foliage

Close-up image of golden bamboo canes


Base of bamboo stalks

A thicket of bamboo

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Scientific Name: Phyllostachys aurea
Common Name: Golden Bamboo
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Hedges, Screening and Privacy
Comments: A bamboo that can reach a height of 40 feet, but is generally not quite that tall. The hollow canes can be 1 to 6 inches in diameter with solid joints. Often the leaves are a golden color. Once established this and other running bamboos can be invasive and difficult to remove. They should be planted where they are confined to an area by barriers vertically placed a foot or so deep in the soil to contain their unwanted spread.