Phyllostachys aurea

Golden Bamboo, Fish Pole Bamboo

(39 customer reviews)

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Golden Bamboo is one of the better behaved Phyllostachys, though it still requires root barrier if planted in the ground. It’s a popular choice for those looking for a bamboo with a more subtle colour effect.

Phyllostachys aurea produces olive green canes which mature to a golden yellow, particularly in full sun. The leaves are delicate and pleasantly pale green in colour. It is a pachymorph (thick rhizome) bamboo, that produces sturdy culms which are grooved on alternative sides between the nodes.

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Origin: China to Vietnam
Genus: Phyllostachys
Species / Cultivar: aurea
Common Name: Golden Bamboo, Fish Pole Bamboo
Synonym: Phyllostachys breviligula

Plant Biography

Native to China and Vietnam, Phyllostachys aurea is notable for its ornamental, attractively clustered nodes (rings) at the base of the canes, where most bamboo have equidistant spacing of nodes. This makes them popular for creating walking stick and umbrella handles and fishing rods.

As well as ornamental use, Golden Bamboo is one of the most frequently eaten bamboos in China and is said to be the sweetest of its genus. The new canes are harvested in spring by cutting from below ground level (similar to harvesting asparagus!) and are both cooked and eaten raw.

In the garden it’s ideal for creating screening, and works wonderfully as hedge planting since it is quite tolerant of wind and responds well to pruning. This also means it can be clipped into a more formal shape than most bamboo very successfully.

Phyllostachys aurea
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Fast
Expect to see prolific growth, especially during growing season.
Water Requirement: High
Likely to require supplementary watering in warmer months, even once established.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
Eventual Height: 4-5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 3m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.

Expert Tip

Phyllostachys aurea makes a great companion to woodland terrain, or nearer to trees in the garden, since this bamboo has a shallow root system that won't compete with tree roots.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Despite being a pachymorph, once established it will begin to run vigorously and as such it requires root barrier if planted in the ground.

Although it’s known as Golden Bamboo, the leaves of Phyllostachys aurea will only turn golden if grown in full sun in nutrient poor soil.

This bamboo produces underground rhizomes which aid its spreading, meaning it requires the installation of root barrier to prevent it from becoming invasive.

4 superb quality Bamboo plants arrived at the end of March 2021, which we potted into large containers, as per the very helpful advice from Customer service, (the adviser I spoke with issued so much helpful advice on the care of the Bamboo plants, he was excellent).

Fiona

4 superb quality Bamboo plants arrived at the end of March 2021, which we potted into large containers, as per the very helpful advice from Customer service, (the adviser I spoke with issued so much helpful advice on the care of the Bamboo plants, he was excellent).

39 customer reviews for Phyllostachys aurea

Bought this bamboo plant as a gift for a friend, it arrived in fantastic condition. Bigger than I thought it would be and very healthy. Will not hesitate in ordering more plants from here in the future. Thank you for the professional service you provide.

Denise Butler

I bought a variety of plants and was very pleased with quality, value, service and delivery. Robert was especially helpful throughout and very attentive in dealing with an issue with one of the plants. Highly recommended.

Linda M. (verified owner)

Gorgeous, healthy good sized bamboo.
Speedy delivery.
Will definitely be buying more and recommending to everyone.

Nancy S. (verified owner)

It is simply brilliant, bamboo looked great and soothing. Initially I had issues with bamboo due to fault of courier company (not the sender). However, Palmcentre customer team was very kind and rectified it immediately. Great product and most importantly one of the best customer service. I highly recommend PalmCentre.

T.G