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Phyllostachys aurea

Golden Bamboo

from £34.50

5 / 5 based on 6 customer reviews
RHS Award of Garden Merit
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Phyllostachys aurea, the Golden Bamboo or Fishing Pole Bamboo, has dark green canes maturing to a golden yellow. Nice and bushy and excellent as a screen. Will reach a height of between 3.5 and 5 metres. Easy to distinguish from other bamboos by the crowded nodes at the base of the canes. One of the most reliable bamboos and a popular alternative to the Black Bamboo. It is best suited to a sunny position in good rich soil. RHS Award of Garden Merit. We recommend using: Bamboo Root Barrier for this bamboo.

  • Eventual Size: Up to 5 metres, but can be pruned
  • Position: Sun to part shade; out of cold, drying winds - especially coastal winds
  • Foliage: Evergreen
  • Habit: Columnar/Upright/Clump-Forming/Well behaved slightly spreading
  • Soil: All soils, but avoid waterlogged areas; very dry soils will need extra watering
  • Cane/Culm Colour: Dark green canes that mature to a golden yellow
  • Hardiness: H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
  • Uses: Screening Bamboo, Hedging Bamboo

Other Phyllostachys Bamboo: Phyllostachys 'spectabilis', Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Aureocaulis', Phyllostachys bissettii & Phyllostachys nigra

  • Common Names: Golden Bamboo and Fish-pole bamboo
Eventual Size of Phyllostachys aurea Eventual Size of Phyllostachys aurea
Eventual size after 10 years
Plant Care

Bamboo Care

Before planting it is a good idea to soak the bamboo thoroughly to ensure the rots are well and truly saturated then dig a hole at least twice the size of the root ball add compost then place the bamboo so that the finished soil height will be slightly lower than the top of the root ball. Backfill using your soil mixed 50:50 with good compost. Once planted gently firm down the soil around the base add a top dressing of a good fertilizer, we prefer poultry manure, then mulch with a good 8-10 deep layer of compost. Finally water again to help settle the bamboo. In dry periods it may be necessary to repeat watering regularly, if the bamboo looks dry and the leaves are curling this is a sure sign. After the first season we repeat the mulching and feeding each spring. 

Now stand back and enjoy. Don’t expect your bamboo to grow away like a rocket, yes bamboo can grow incredibly fast but most of this happens over a 3 month period which is very generally late May through to early August so if you’ve planted either side of this period I’m afraid you’ll have to wait. 

 Pruning and Grooming 

Bamboo can be very accommodating here. I’ve seen pristine clipped hedges and topiary shaped plantings of both Phllostachys aurea and bissetti showing easy how easy it can be managed. What I like to do though on any large bamboo is to remove all old, thin and spindly canes (or culms as us horticulturists call them) then prune away all the side branches off the remaining culms to a height of between 60cm to 150cm depending on your choice. This in my opinion show bamboos off to there best making them stately specimens. 

For more information see our Bamboo Care Guide for these types of Bamboo: 

Also see our Bamboo FAQ


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Customer Reviews

on 16 May 2018

5 / 5

Thank you they arrived in good condition and are a wonderful height

on 13 May 2018

5 / 5

I bought two of these a year ago for large containers and theyamp39re absolutely thriving. Wonderful plants, thank you )

on 9 Apr 2017

5 / 5

Beautiful healthy looking bamboo, very pleased with purchase.

on 23 Nov 2016

5 / 5


on 10 Apr 2016

5 / 5

strong healthy plants. highly recommend

on 16 Mar 2016

5 / 5

Lovely golden bamboo plants, very quick delivery - will definitely use you again!