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Phyllostachys aurea

Fish pole Bamboo, Golden Bamboo

Max/Avg Height (ft.): 35, 15-20

Diameter: 1.25 inches

Hardiness: 0° F

USDA Zones: 7a-10

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.

P. aurea is a normally a dense and "bushy" bamboo, with foliage branching almost down to grown level, but the branches can be trimmed if you'd like the culms to be more visible, or it can be pruned into a hedge, as shown in the pictures.

See also:

Phyllostachys aurea 'Koi'
Phyllostachys aurea 'Flavescens Inversa'

Phyllostachys aurea 'Holochrysa'

Phyllostachys aurea 'Dr. Don'

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Mature Height Max / Avg. (ft.) in Zone 8
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Phyllostachys aurea
35, 15-20