The wonderful Phyllostachys aureosulcata aureocaulis – Yellow groove bamboo. There are countless bamboos that give a very exotic feel to the garden but this one is a favourite here at the Exotic Garden, being a loosely clumping, fairly upright bamboo, growing to 4–7.5 m tall, averaging 5 m tall and 1.2–2 m wide in ten years. The culms (canes when harvested) are golden yellow often tinted reddish brown on the sunny side of new growth, with a maximum diameter of 4 cm in the UK; occasionally zig zagging but not as much as others. The leaves are fresh green, occasionally striped yellow and 17cm by 1.5cm. This is a very elegant bamboo indeed that looks stupendous with its glowing yellow culms on grey days in winter!
Of course there are many other bamboos worth considering for the garden, though it is advisable to choose clump forming types for a small garden as some of the spreading species can be very invasive indeed – be warned!
Common Name: Yellow groove bamboo
Latin Name: Phyllostachys aureosulcata aureocaulis
Tenderness Rating: Very hardy
Ease of growing: Easy – Slow to establish and then super fast!
Position: Sun or dappled shade
Soil Condition: Fertile well drained soil
Extra infomation: Photo: You can see Helichrysum ‘Limelight’ growing up the bamboo.