Golden Bamboo

Thu, Apr 10, 2008


Golden Bamboo - Phyllostachys aureo-sulcata Aureocaulis

Latin name: Phyllostachys aureo-sulcata ‘Aureocaulis’

Description: This is the most popular bamboo at the ‘Exotic Garden’, grown for its bright, sulphur-yellow canes, which occasional have green stripes at their bases. Planted alone, it makes a striking architectural plant, especially in winter when the canes seem to glow in the mist. Although this is one of the less invasive bamboos, precautions may be taken to restrict spread, such as limiting the roots with a non-perishable barrier. This bamboo looks excellent with the lower branches striped of to a height of about 1.5m, thus showing the canes in all their beauty.

Hardiness: Very hardy

Height: 6-20m though averaging 8m over ten years.

Position: Where it has plenty of room

Soil: any garden soil

Water: Fairly drought tolerant once established.

Usage: It makes an excellent backdrop for border planting, and is useful for screening. It is more restrained in poor soils and equally more rampant in rich soils. Can, like most bamboos be grown as a container plant where it will have reduced growth.

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