Phyllostachys aurea, more commonly known as the Golden Bamboo and less so as the Fishpole Bamboo is possibly the most popular and readily available Phyllostachys bamboo for sale in the UK. You're likely to see it in any garden centre and even DIY sheds tend to stock them in their outdoor plants and gardening section.
|Phyllostachys aurea and their characteristic compressed lower nodes|
|Phyllostachys aurea can be dense growing and have branches all the way down and through the entire length of the culms (good for |
screening). To appreciate it's nodes you may need to strip off the lower branches
Most of the culms remain green for most of the time. Still a nice colour though but really it should be sold more with the common name Fishpole Bamboo rather than Golden Bamboo. Although admittedly the latter sounds more appealing than the former.
Saying that, there is actually a genuine golden form of the Golden Bamboo called Phyllostachys aurea 'Holochrysa' or it's synonym Phyllostachys aurea 'All Gold'
|Phyllostachys aurea 'Holochrysa' - youngest culms start out green but can quickly turn bright/golden yellow. |
Unlike the other one...
Well the green form is more vigorous, more rewarding, propagates easily, and grows much quicker. The golden form doesn't, it bulks up much slower...
|Phyllostachys aurea 'Holochrysa'|
But if you really want a really golden, bright yellow culmed Golden Bamboo, it is out there, just look for the right name.