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Products > Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Spectabilis'
Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Spectabilis' - Green Groove Bamboo

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Bamboo
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae) (Grasses)
Origin: China (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Synonyms: [Phyllostachys aurea spectabilis]
Height: 15-25 feet
Width: Running
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
A medium-sized wide-spreading running bamboo that grows to 18 to 26 feet tall with 1 to 1 1/2 inch wide culms that sometimes have a zig-zag crook near the base. The new shoots emerge in early spring and by late spring are to full height with lemon yellow culms that have nicely contrasting green stripes on alternate sided sulcus (the slight concave longitudinal groove on the culm) and reddish new leaf nodes and culm joints when grown in full sun. These culms mature to a greenish-yellow that still contrasts well with the darker green stripe. It is considered the reverse of the Yellow Groove Bamboo, aureosulcata. Plant in full sun and irrigate regularly to occasionally. The American Bamboo Society lists this plant's cold hardiness to -10F but some others claim to -15F, both temperatures we cannot test for in Santa Barbara! This bamboo is a rapidly spreading plant but its rhizomes are noted at being fairly shallow so root barriers can effectively be used and digging of arrantly spreading growth can be relatively easily controlled during summer months. We received our stock of this plant in 1997 from the Banana man of La Conchita, Doug Richardson.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We also try to incorporate comments received from others and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Phyllostachys aureosulcata Spectabilis.