Golden-groove bamboo

Phyllostachys aureosulcata f. aureocaulis | Also known as: Yellow-groove bamboo, Golden crookstem bamboo, Yellow stem bamboo | Rating: 7 votes | Print / Pdf

An evergreen, clump-forming bamboo, phyllostachys aureosulcata f. aureocaulis is better known as the golden-groove bamboo, as in the groove of each bamboo culm, a yellow stripe can be seen. Other than this feature, the species is pretty much as expected. The culms grow in dense clumps, towering high and topped with lush, dark green, sword-shaped leaves. And like most other species, the golden-groove bamboo is ideal as a garden screen, as well as a prime feature in an oriental garden. It thrives in moist but well-drained chalky or loamy soil, preferably in full sun. Cold hardy, pruning is best done after flowering when dead stems should be removed.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 5 - 6
Spread [m]
  • 10
Dominant flower colour
  • Inconspicuous or absent
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • division
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Upright
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-11
Heat zone
  • H12-3
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - 4
Heat days
  • 7 - 210
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Grasses, ferns & bamboo
  • Bamboos
Grown for
  • Ornamental foliage and habit
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Show-offs
  • Bonsai
  • Neighbour repellant
  • For every season
  • Tough survivors
Garden type
  • Woodland
  • Cottage garden
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Specimen
  • Hedges and screens
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years