Pleioblastus auricomus | Also known as: Pleioblastus viridistriatus, Arundinaria auricoma, Arundinaria viristriata, | Rating: 2 votes | Print / Pdf

You may tend to think of bamboo as something reserved for large gardens but both small and large outdoor spaces can benefit from pleioblastus auricomus or kamuro-zasa. This dwarf bamboo features striking variegated foliage in shades of green and golden-yellow, which looks stunning within a border. Grow this bamboo in loamy, sandy or clay soil that has good drainage and si moist. It enjoys partially shaded areas and locations that receive full sunlight. This is a striking hedging plant and a superb container plant as well, making it an eye-catching option for an outdoor seating area or a compact courtyard garden.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 1.5
Spread [m]
  • 1.5
Dominant flower colour
  • Inconspicuous or absent
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Foliage in spring
  • Yellow-green
Foliage in summer
  • Yellow-green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Yellow-green
Foliage in winter
  • Yellow-green
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • division
  • rhizome cuttings
Growth habit
  • Arching
  • Upright
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z7-15
Heat zone
  • H12-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -18 - 0
Heat days
  • 0 - 210
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Grasses, ferns & bamboo
  • Bamboos
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Neighbour repellant
  • For every season
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Woodland
  • Cottage garden
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Architectural
  • Hedges and screens
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years