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Golden Bamboo, Running Bamboo
This lovely bamboo offers elegance to Asian inspired landscapes and gardens. It is native to China, primarily north of the Yangtze Valley, where summers are very hot. The name "aurea" means "yellow" and refers to the yellow-green coloring of the foliage and golden canes that offer a bright look in the garden.
Golden bamboo spreads by woody rhizomes that can travel both under and above ground. A single plant will quickly form dense stands of upright, jointed, woody stems, or culms. The stands are difficult to eradicate once established. Like most bamboos, Phyllostachys aurea does not flower annually. Instead, it's members bloom worldwide when their genetic timetable dictates. It's a curious phenomenon that's not well understood by the scientific community. Plants that have flowered and set fruit die shortly after.
Full to partial sun is needed for best growth as is fertile soil with average to good drainage. Bamboo is most attractive when manicured in the Japanese style by thinning out the shoots and trimming off the foliage to create airier clumps. This is a popular bamboo for container culture. In ground plantings can be controlled using heavy duty rhizome barriers. Harvested culms make great plant support posts and trellis material.
12 - 3
7 - 11
H1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
6'-30' / 1.8m - 9.1m
10'-20' / 3.0m - 6.1m
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Soil Compaction
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Green, Yellow Green
Container, Feature Plant, Screening / Wind Break, Tropical
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