The Phyllostachys aureosulcata ‘Spectabilis’ rather unimaginatively known as the green stripe crookstem bamboo is actually a rather special bamboo with elegant upright growth and attractive golden yellow culms (canes) which have alternate green vertical strips in the sulcis (the opposing indentations on the side of the stem where the branches were formed as the cane grew) One of the earliest bamboo to show signs of life each year with shoots often emerging in April. As the new culms develop the golden yellow is often flushed pinkish red where the sun strikes them creating a stunning effect.
To complement the brightly coloured culms the leaves are reasonably small and dainty, a deep green in colour.
The Phyllostachys aureosulcata ‘Spectabilis’ makes a superb specimen or screen often reaching 5-6 metres high with ease. Being one of the fastest and relatively large bamboo’s we can grow here it’s roots too can be quite aggressive and unless you require a grove, I would definitely recommend you use a root barrier to either guide or restrict your ‘Spectabilis’ in the direction you want to keep it.
Very hardy and easy to grow.
- Eventual Size:Up to 5 metres, but can be pruned.
- Position:Sun to part shade; out of cold, drying winds - especially coastal winds.
- Soil:All soils, but avoid waterlogged areas; very dry soils will need extra watering.
- Cane/Culm Colour:Golden yellow canes with intermittent grooved green stripes.
- Hardiness:H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
- Uses:Screening Bamboo, Hedging Bamboo