Yellow groove bamboo 'Spectabilis'

Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Spectabilis' | Also known as: crookstem bamboo 'Spectabilis' | Rating: 5 votes | Print / Pdf

If you feel like shaking things up in the garden throw some Phyllostachys aureosulcata or yellow groove bamboo into the mix. Not only does this bamboo feature vivid green and yellow colouring that will draw attention in any garden but it can also grow at unusual angles, resulting in it sometimes being called crookstem bamboo. Areas that receive full or partial sunlight are ideal locations for this plant, which appreciates fertile soil that is kept moist and which offers good drainage. In terms of plant care yellow groove bamboo is particularly fond of soil with added compost and it can be kept in check through pruning the roots and canes which are past their prime. The eye-catching angles and beautiful colouring make yellow groove bamboo a delightfully quirky addition to your garden design. This bamboo serves as a sensational hedge or screen thanks to its superb, upright appearance and quick growth rate but it can also just as easily be grown in containers and displayed on your patio or around your garden.

Rate it:
Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 5
Spread [m]
  • 6
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
Awards?
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • division
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Upright
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-11
Heat zone
  • H12-3
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - 4
Heat days
  • 7 - 210
Moisture
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Exposure
  • Sheltered
Usage
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
  • Author's choice
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
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Yellow groove bamboo

PLANTS Phyllostachys aureosulcata

If you feel like shaking things up in the garden throw some Phyllostachys aureosulcata or yellow groove bamboo into the mix. Not only does this bamboo feature vivid green and yellow colouring that will draw attention in any garden but it can also grow at unusual angles, resulting in it sometimes being called crookstem bamboo. Areas that receive full or partial sunlight are ideal locations for this plant, which appreciates fertile soil that is kept moist and which offers good drainage. In terms of plant care yellow groove bamboo is particularly fond of soil with added compost and it can be kept in check through pruning the roots and canes which are past their prime. The eye-catching angles and beautiful colouring make yellow groove bamboo a delightfully quirky addition to your garden design. This bamboo serves as a sensational hedge or screen thanks to its superb, upright appearance and quick growth rate but it can also just as easily be grown in containers and displayed on your patio or around your garden.