Phyllostachys aurea, one of the most common bamboos has many desirable qualities. Most noted for the unusual tortoise shell look that can be present on some of the culms.
Phyllostachys aurea can also make a wonderful privacy hedge, however it is more likely to spread, and its drought tolerance means that lack of water is not going to inhibit it as much as some other bamboo. One key feature to a Phyllostachys aurea hedge is that this plant tends to branch almost to ground level, giving you more privacy in areas where you may need it.
almost impossible to see thanks to bamboo, this urban yard is surrounded by houses
The culm wood on this bamboo is strong, making it a good choice for craft purposes. In general, Phyllostachys aurea is a beautiful bamboo, with many useful qualities, if care is taken to contain it.
Care requirements for Phyllostachys aurea
Light- does best in bright light, but will tolerate a wide range, up to full sun if watered well
Water- Moderate water requirement, Low once established
Temperature- Tolerates down to 0F
Size- Phyllostachys aurea can reach 25' tall in ideal conditions, but more commonly reaches 18'. canes can be up to 2" diameter. Can be trimmed shorter like a standard hedge.
Running Bamboo- use containment methods to control growth as needed- Rhizome Pruning Methods
Ordering Info: most bamboos we have are available in one gallon, three gallon and five gallon nursery pots. Not all sizes of all species are available at all times, so the best way to order is to email us from our contact page with the species and size you are interested in.