Phyllostachys vivax ‘Aureocaulis’

Golden Chinese Timber Bamboo

Please note all images are for illustrative purposes only, depending on the season or time of year the plant you receive may be different than pictured.

Eventual Plant Size


Phyllostachys vivax ‘Aureocaulis’ is certainly one of the most impressive golden caned bamboo you can grow in the U.K with culms reaching 8 or more metres high with a diameter of often 7cm this bamboo will grab your attention. Like all forms of Phyllostachys vivax the leaves on this phyllostachys are relatively long and narrow being a deep lush green.

Collectively known amongst bamboo collectors as one of the giant timber bamboos Phyllostachys vivax ‘Aureocaulis’ is best planted in a position of full sun to dappled shade in fertile moisture retentive but not waterlogged soil most importantly allowing space for it to grow into a magnificent specimen. In time it should be expected to develop in a grove formation often large enough to walk through the plant amongst to giant culms. As with all giant timber bamboo like to thin my plants each year by completely removing old or thinner culms by sawing off at the base maintaining an open airy appearance. There is definitely something magical about walking through a mature bamboo plant, especially in a U.K garden resembling something you would find in the wilds of China or Japan.

As with all big bamboo consider wisely when planting as these bamboos can and will spread, they are not what I’d class as running just big spreading plants so ideally consider a root barrier or some means of controlling them from visiting parts of the garden, you’d really rather they didn’t.

  • 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.
  • Eventual Size:Up to 6 metres, but can be pruned.
  • Habit:Columnar/Upright/Spreading/Invasive.
  • Foliage:Evergreen.
  • Common Names:Golden Chinese timber bamboo.


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