This is the truly golden form of "Golden Bamboo," Phyllostachys aurea, with the same interesting compressed internodes as the other color forms. The culms are green at first, then turn yellow or golden orange in a few months with or without exposure to direct sun as required by the species. The photo to the left is a little unusual, as there usually are not so many branches at the lower compressed nodes. This plant makes an excellent privacy screen, see Phyllostachys aurea for picture. This colorful form has the same growth habit as the original plant, though usually not as fast spreading.