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Products > Phyllostachys vivax 'Aureocaulis'
Phyllostachys vivax 'Aureocaulis' - Striped Giant Running Timber Bamboo

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Bamboo
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae) (Grasses)
Origin: China (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: NA
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: 25-40 feet
Width: Running
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
Phyllostachys vivax 'Aureocaulis' (Striped Giant Running Timber Bamboo) - This is the selection of a large running timber bamboo with golden canes that have bright green longitudinal stripes and dark, glossy-green foliage. It can potentially grow to 65+ feet in height with 5 inch wide culms if given favorable conditions but more typically is seen at around 30 feet with 3 inch culms. Plant in full sun in a rich topsoil with regular irrigation during the summer for optimum growth but can grow to 30 feet and look great with only occasional irrigation in cooler coastal gardens. It is hardy to - 5 F. Gold Vivax. It can make a beautiful garden specimen or be used with some root barrier to create a narrow hedge or it can be allowed to roam to form a towering forest planting. This relatively new bamboo was imported into the US from Europe in the late 1990's and sold in an auction by the American Bamboo Society. It has since been propagated distributed to Bamboo nurseries. We received our stock plant from Bamboo Headquarters in Escondido in 2007.  The information provided on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our nursery's library, from what we have found about it on reliable online sources, as well as from observations in our nursery of crops of this plant as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing  Phyllostachys vivax 'Aureocaulis'.