Phyllostachys aurea
Common names: Fish pole Bamboo, Golden Bamboo

Maximum Height: 30 feet
Typical northwest height: 15 to 20 feet
Diameter: 1.25 inches
Hardiness: 0 F

Minimum USDA zone 7a through 10


Detail of contorted culm bases, or "Tortoise Shell" internodes
Photo copyright: Ned Jaquith, 2000


A formal hedge of P. aurea It has been pruned to form a long, rectangular privacy screen and dense sound barrier.
Photo copyright: Ned Jaquith, 2000
 

 One of the most common bamboos in the United States, and for a good reason: although usually not very tall, it is one of the strongest and most useful. Growing rigidly upright, this bamboo is one of the best for hedges and for planting next to driveways and walkways.

 It often has a series of distorted internodes at the base of the cane, sometimes called "Tortoise Shell" internodes, that are quite ornamental and make this plant useful for craft work. Culm color of the species type is green. Like other Phyllostachys, when exposed to strong direct sunlight, the canes will fade to yellow with age. Phyllostachys aurea can be an aggressive spreader in hot climates, where care must be used in its placement.


Phyllostachys aurea
has three distinct color variations that also make great screens:
Phyllostachys aurea 'Holochrysa'            True gold canes
P. aurea 'Flavescens Inversa'             Green cane w/gold stripe
P. aurea 'Koi'                                       Gold cane w/green stripe  

A new form of P. aurea we grew from seed at our nursery:
Phyllostachys aurea 'Dr. Don'            Young canes bright blue


A narrow screen trimmed neatly in front of a house

Photo copyright: Dain Sansome, 2003

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