Phyllostachys aurea

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Fishpole bamboo
Phyllostachys aurea0.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Phyllostachys
Species: P. aurea
Binomial name
Phyllostachys aurea
Rivière & C.Rivière
Bull. Soc. Natl. Acclim. France sér. 3, 5:716, fig. 36. 1878

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  • Bambos koteisik Siebold
  • Bambusa aurea Carrière
  • Bambusa koteisik Zoll.
  • P. breviligula W.T.Lin & Z.M.Wu
  • P. formosana Hayata
  • P. takemurae Muroi
  • Sinoarundinaria formosa (Hayata) Ohwi ex Mayeb.[1]

Phyllostachys aurea is a bamboo species of the 'running bamboo' type, belonging to the diverse Bambuseae tribe. It is native to Fujian and Zhejiang in China. It is commonly known by the names fishpole bamboo, golden bamboo, monk's belly bamboo and fairyland bamboo (Australia).


Phyllostachys aurea is cultivated as an ornamental plant for gardens. In the United States, it is considered an invasive species that crowds out native species and is difficult to remove. It is the most commonly cultivated bamboo in the United States. It is a cold hardy bamboo, performing well in USDA Plantzones 6 to 10, (Connecticut to Florida).[2] It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[3]


Cultivars include:

  • Phyllostachys aurea 'Flavescens Inversa' – some lower culms may show a pale yellow stripe on the sulcus
  • Phyllostachys aurea 'Holochrysa' – common name "golden golden", culms turn yellow/gold sooner than the type form, random leaves have a yellow stripe
  • Phyllostachys aurea 'Koi' – culms turn yellow but sulcus stays green, random leaves have a yellow stripe
  • Phyllostachys aurea 'Takemurai' – culms grow taller and lack the compressed internodes of the type form


P. aurea's lush foliage make desirable for ornamental purposes and privacy hedges; and its characteristic 'knotty' compressed lower internodes render it desirable among collectors.[2] It is well-suited to the making of bamboo pipes.

Identification and growth habit[edit]

Compressed internodes with tortoiseshell-like appearance

The common forms of P. aurea are easily identified by their characteristic compressed internodes in the lower part of the canes which have a tortoiseshell-like appearance. This internodal compression result in shorter heights (25' +/-) and thicker cane diameters (relative to height) than many other Phyllostachys species.[2]

The canes will turn yellow in full or partial sun, and deepen into a gold-orange color as the plant matures. Branching and foliage tend to start lower to the ground than many other Phyllostachys, but some prefer to cut off lower branches to show off the interesting 'tortoise shell' lower part of the canes (see photo).[2]


  1. ^ "Phyllostachys aurea Rivière & C.Rivière". The Plant List (2013). Version 1.1. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Cape May Bamboo - Phyllostachys Aurea (Golden Bamboo)". Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  3. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Phyllostachys aurea". Retrieved 26 May 2013. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Phyllostachys aurea at Wikimedia Commons
Data related to Phyllostachys aurea at Wikispecies