Chinese timber bamboo

Phyllostachys vivax | Also known as: Vivax, Phyllostachys vivax 'Aureocaulis', Phyllostachys aureocaulis | Rating: 3 votes | Print / Pdf

Like X-factor winners, Chinese timber bamboo reaches seriously impressive heights. Unlike X factor winners, the bamboo stays there.

If you’re not one for half measures in your garden design, Phyllostachys vivax or Chinese timber bamboo is a serious rival for a featured spot. Its ability to quickly reach impressive heights and thicknesses combined with the glorious yellow and green colouring of the stems which can sometimes manifest as vivid stripes makes this bamboo more than worthy of the admiration it is sure to receive. Chinese timber bamboo thrives in loamy, moist soil with added compost and should be situated in an area that receives lots of sunlight or partial shade at the most. This is a magnificent bamboo for use as a screen or hedge and can be grown in containers as well so you can change its location if you come up with new garden ideas.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 20
Spread [m]
  • 0
Dominant flower colour
  • Inconspicuous or absent
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • division
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Upright
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z7-10
Heat zone
  • H10-7
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -18 - 4
Heat days
  • 60 - 180
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • 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
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Woodland
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Specimen
  • Architectural
  • Hedges and screens
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years
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