Scientific Name: Phyllostachys aurea
Common Name: gold stem bamboo, golden bamboo
Family Name: Poaceae
Origin: S.E. Asia / Japan / China
Hardiness Zone: Zone 6: (-23 to -18 °C)
Plant Type: Bamboo, Poales (grass-like)
Mature Size: 7 - 10m x 5 - 7m (height x width)
Habit: Arching, Spreading, Stiffly upright, Twiggy
Form: Oval - vertical
Texture: Medium - fine
Landscape Uses: Accent plant, Container planting, Filler, Group or mass planting, Hedge row, Screening, Specimen plant, Tall background, Wind break, Woodland margin
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade, Filtered shade
Soil or Media: Acidic, Humus rich, Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Alternate, Soft flexible, Lanceolate, Entire
Flowers: Spikelet, Purple, Brown, May
Fruit: Grain (caryopsis), Brown, Jul-Aug
Key ID Features:
Clump forming bamboo with culms emerging in spring and soon dropping their sheaths to expose green internodes that turn golden yellow with flat groove on one side of similar colour, some internodes near at base of culm are typically shortened, nodes 2-ridged with often fewer than three branches attached; leaves upright, most <8cm long.