Phyllostachys aurea                                                
    "Fish Pole Bamboo"
  also called  "Golden  Bamboo"

Height: 18' to 25'
Canopy Width: 3' to 30'
Culm Diameter: 1" to 2"
Hardiness: 0 F
Light Tolerance: 2 through 5
USDA Range: 7 through 10
2 gallon:  $25
5 gallon:  $50
10 gallon: $70

     Phyllostachys aurea is a medium sized bamboo renowned for its upright stature, graceful leaf pattern, and compressed nodes that form at the base of some culms (see photo on left). The unique culm structure has decorative appeal and produces shorter overall height than most other Phyllostachys. The lower branches are often removed to emphasize the robust culms.
    This useful, and fast growing bamboo has been in cultivation for several decades in the United States. Long ago, it was given the common name, "Golden Bamboo", due to the culms aging to a rich, greenish gold color after a few years when grown in a sunny place. We prefer to use its other common name, "Fish Pole Bamboo", so as not to confuse it with a true gold caned bamboo such as "Golden Crookstem" .
Long, straight culms of P. aurea were once used to make fishing poles for casting into the surf.
    It is hardy, wind tolerant, and can be grown reliably just about anywhere that doesn't get colder than 0
F, including areas near the ocean. It's compact, upright habit make it ideal for a narrow privacy screen. The statuesque culms, when harvested and dried, make great walking sticks; the condensed nodes at the base form perfect handles and have unique decorative qualities. 

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Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo


Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
P. aurea showing condensed nodes at the base.

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
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