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BAMBUSA vulgaris 'Vittata'

Image of Bambusa vulgaris 'Vittata'

Carol Cloud Bailey



Botanical Name

BAMBUSA vulgaris 'Vittata'

Plant Common Name

Clumping Bamboo, Common Bamboo, Painted Bamboo

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

Common bamboo ‘Vittata’ is valued as an ornamental species. It bears golden yellow culms with thing dark green vertical lines or striations.

Common bamboo is grown and naturalized throughout the subtropical and tropical regions of the world. It is native to SE Asia. This bamboo is used in construction of everything from structures to boats to musical instruments. It has long been cultivated for medicinal uses and is favored as an ornamental for screens and hedges. Common bamboo is not used as a vegetable or animal fodder.

All bamboos are grasses with woody-type stems called culms which are divided into sections ringed with leaf scars at the nodes. Common bamboo ‘Vittata’ has tall golden-yellow and deep- green striped thick-walled culms which grow straight. They are smooth with no teeth or spines and branch on the lower portions of the culms. The culms often emerge green with a sheath covered with dark brown hairs. The leaves are linear to lance-shaped and produced in pairs.

Flowering in bamboo is unusual, the flowers are similar to other grasses and the fruits grain-like, but the conditions and age of the plant necessary for bloom production are not completely understood. The process seems to occur between two and seven years of age; many bamboos decline and some die after flowering. Since seed are rare, most bamboos are reproduced by division of the clumps.

Bamboo is a tropical grass and prefers moist well-drained soil and full sun. Though clumping, common bamboo can spread into large areas. Common bamboo will take some frost but is damaged or killed by prolonged freezing temperatures. This bamboo is best grown where its growth can be controlled such as in containers. It is considered a weedy species in some locations. For more information about its invasiveness, see the Global Invasive Species Database at


  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 9

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 12

  • Plant Type


  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    15'-50' / 4.6m - 15.2m

  • Bloom Time


  • Native To

    Southeastern Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage


  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Very Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit


  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest


  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers


  • Fragrant Fruit


  • Fragrant Foliage


  • Bark or Stem Fragrant


  • Flower Petal Number


  • Repeat Bloomer


  • Showy Fruit


  • Edible Fruit


  • Showy Foliage


  • Foliage Texture


  • Foliage Sheen


  • Evergreen


  • Showy Bark


Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns


  • Invasive


  • Self-Sowing