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Phyllostachys aurea
(Golden Bamboo)

Phyllostachys aurea is commonly known as 'Golden Bamboo' and is one of the most commonly cultivated bamboos in North America. New culms emerge green, not golden as the name suggests. Culms that are exposed to direct sunlight will change to a pale golden yellow color. Hence the name 'Golden Bamboo'. Older canes will also age to a pale yellow color. Golden Bamboo is mostly green in color on the culms, branches and leaves.

Golden bamboo is easily distinguishable by it's compressed and distorted internodes on the lower portions of the culms. This unique characteristic gives it a pleasant ornamental trait.

The culms of Phyllostachys aurea grow very stiff and upright. A higher density of branches closer to the ground makes this bamboo an ideal choice for screens or hedges. It can be pruned and trimmed to form a hedge. Phyllostachys aurea is cold, heat and drought tolerant and makes it very versatile and low maintenance. Also an ideal bamboo for the pot or container.