Phyllostachys aurea

Golden Bamboo, Fish Pole Bamboo

(29 customer reviews)

From £39.95 £29.96

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.

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).


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).

29 customer reviews for Phyllostachys aurea

what can I say absolutely stunning much much bigger than expected and at such a good price and not just the bamboo the postage was so reasonable and next day delivery thank you so much a wonderful shop

Mischa Lore (verified owner)

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).
These Bamboo plants look fantastic!!
Even the courier commented that they were the greenest & healthiest Bamboo plants hed ever seen, (he was also delivering for another company to another address, & our plants were far superior – he said).
Almost 3 months in their new pots & theyre looking fantastic.
We love them!!! Thank you. 🙂


Bamboo was delivered promptly and was of an excellent standard. Very healthy, and taller than I expected, which Is positive as I am using it for screening.

Paul B.

Very tall healthy plant.

stacey H.

My bamboo arrived this morning. After shipping yesterday by overnight courier.
Well packaged and in excellent condition.
I was delighted with the size of this “little monster” havent planted out yet but I’m sure it will thrive.

Syvia P.

Ordered 6 bamboo plants, 175/200cm tall. Very impressed, all the plants were actually taller than advertised which was a bonus. Potted them the same day and they look great. Definitely recommend The Palm Centre and will be using them again


I am really happy with this bamboo! It’s healthy and fits the description (true to height) and was really well packaged.
My boyfriend is so impressed he has told me to get another!

Claire S.

The plat arrived on time, and is truly fantastic. Highly recommended.

Jon W.

I have previously purchased bamboos from here before and have been so pleased with the quality and price that I decided to purchase more from here, now that I have a larger garden.
My bamboo arrived quickly in perfect condition, it looks healthy, lush green and very full. Im sure its even taller than the height I paid for!
There was a glitch in the system when I placed my order, however, James sorted it all out for me immediately- I yet again experienced an efficient, friendly service.

Annemaria D.

Brilliant service considering that the country’s going through a pandemic. Very informative through email. I live in yorkshire and The bamboo came really healthy and soil still moist. Definitely recommend this company and will use for future trees

Alexander D.

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.

Unfortunately our bamboo arrived in quite bad condition. Many of the leaves were dying and it had been bent during delivery so we now have a wonky bamboo! I did consider returning but as you don’t get the delivery cost back and have to cover the cost of returning the plant decided it wasn’t worth it. Hopefully the plant will recover in time but the quality was certainly not what I expected. I won’t be buying again sorry!

nicola F.

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

Nancy S.

Communication from point of order to delivery was great.

Plants have just arrived and Im really impressed! They were well packaged for transit, and even better quality than expected. I tried a different supplier last year and was disappointed…wish Id gone to The Palm Centre first!

The courier was really helpful too, navigating round an access restriction which could have been a delivery show-stopper!

Gill W.

Beautiful plant, well packed and came promptly, will definitely be using again.

Kate T.

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

Really healthy, well established plant. Highly recommended.


Lovely bamboo at a great price. Arrived well-packaged and undamaged and is now thriving. Will definitely use the Palm Centre again.


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.


Great customer service from The Palm Centre. All of the plants I ordered were in good condition and were very well wrapped and packaged.


I was very pleased to receive a lovely, healthy plant that was lush, green and bushy. Extremely well packaged also. Would have no hesitation in making further purchases

Alex Scott

Absolutely wonderful 15/10 quality superb

Paul Finlayson

Great bamboo, very healthy. Always happy with my orders from the Palm Center.

Anne L

Product arrived very well packaged. Lovely healthy plant. Very pleased. Wouldnt hesitate to recommend Palm Centre.

Helen Davies

Very pleased plants arrived well packaged and in good condition they appear to thriving in my garden after only 1 week, would not hesitate to use this company again. Eddie Pattington

eddie Pattington

Product arrived well packaged and in excellent condition. Good height to the bamboo, which is a bonus. The free Chamaerops Humilis was also in excellent condition. Prompt delivery as well. What more could you ask for!

Mark Curtis

Delivery arrived less than 24 hours after ordering! This is the 2nd time I have bought bamboos from the Palm Centre, and I cannot fault the quality of the plants or the speed of delivery. Highly recommended.

K Waldron

Super fast delivery, very well packed. Beautiful bamboo. Once again, the quality of plant stunning. Thank you very much.

Lawrence Chong

Really impressed when I received this plant. It was very healthy and much larger and bushier than I expected for the price as garden centres I looked at were 3 times the price. 4 months on and it still looks great! Highly recommend.

Jennifer Dekker