Common Name: golden bamboo
Origin/Ecology: Native to China
Habit: Arching, stiffly upright, twiggy, spreading. Grows to 10 m tall, 7 m wide.
Leaves: Simple, soft flexible, lanceolate, entire.
Leaf Arrangement: alternate
Flowers and Fruit: Spikelet, brown purple, may. Grain, brown, July-August.
Bark: ‘Tortoise-shell intermodes’ at base of cane; stems green/turning golden yellow, round with a flat groove on one side.
Water Use, Soil: Acidic, well-drained, humus rich.
Exposure: Full sun to filtered shade.
Landscape Uses: Accent plant, container planting, filler, group or mass planting hedge row, screening, specimen plant, tall background, wind break, woodland margin.
Limitations: Rust, slugs or snails, mites
Other Features: Usually only flowers when plant is about to die.