How to grow Phyllostachys aurea - Golden Bamboo

Commonly known as the 'Golden Bamboo or the 'Fishpole Bamboo', Phyllostachys aurea is a gracefully, arching evergreen Bamboo. Native to Korea, China and long cultivated in Japan, it was introduced to western science prior to 1870.

It is a clump forming species whose canes emerge bright green, then mature to a pale creamy-yellow to dull yellow when grown in full sun. Under favourable conditions Phyllostachys aurea will reach an approximate height of 2.5-3.5 metres, with mid-light green leaves 7.5-18 cm long and 1-2 cm wide.

It is a hardy species, characterised by a peculiar crowding of the nodes at the base of each cane and the curious swelling below each node.

How to grow Phyllostachys aurea - Golden Bamboo
Phyllostachys aurea will perform well in most in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soils. Plant in a sheltered position as the leaves can become wind-scorched, especially in dry conditions. It is tolerant of both full sun and partial shade. Be aware that due to its suckering habit it can become invasive under suitable conditions.

Remove any weak, dead, damaged or spindly stems in the spring. To show the ornamental stems at their best, consider removing all side shoots to approximately 1-1.5 metres from the base. Remove any flowering shoots as soon as they appear.

Be aware that, under favourable conditions Phyllostachys aurea, the vigorous root system will send runners out from the mother plant, able to establish itself from one garden to the next in suburban environments. To avoid upsetting the neighbours or to prevent growth in areas where bamboo is not wanted, dig up and removed the extending roots and subsequent shoots befor they become too matted and established. Alternatively, provide a significant physical barrier such as concrete or heavy duty rubber liner to stop the runners passing through. Be aware that these runners may appear above ground to overcome an obstacle, but these are both easily seen and removed.

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