Phyllostachys aureosulcata f. spectabilis

5 litre pot 80-100cm £49.99
available to order from autumn
Quantity 1 Plus Minus
Buy Phyllostachys aureosulcata f. spectabilis showy yellow-groove bamboo: Canes have tones of red in late summer

Bamboos never look their best in winter because the cold, drying winds will often scorch their leaves. In late spring however, new canes will appear bearing a fresh batch of lush foliage.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Leaves: narrow, mid-green
  • Canes: green-grooved, golden-yellow turning bright red in sunlight
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Tall bamboo with green-grooved, golden-yellow canes, which can flash with shades of red in the sun, fading to darker yellow with age. This colourful variety looks great alongside the ebony-black canes of the black bamboo, Phyllostachys nigra. This aptly named coloured-stemmed bamboo is one of our 'highly recommended plants'.

  • Garden care: In smaller gardens, surround the roots with a non-perishable barrier that restricts the plant's spread.

Delivery options
  • Standard
more info

Eventual height & spread

Notes on Phyllostachys aureosulcata f. spectabilis

"Probably the best colour-caned bamboo with custard-yellow canes bar coded in deep green and this bamboo can produce zigzag stems as well"

Phyllostachys aureosulcataf.spectabilis

0.0 0


I have just moved into a house with these bamboo planted along rear fence to block out neighbors.. They are about 2m high and there are 4 of them along 4m length. The bed in front of them is triangular shaped with another deciduous tree at rear. The bed measures 2.80 m long x 2m deep allowing for 1m growing room in front of bamboo. The bed faces Nth and east and will be in shade most of day in summer. Soil isgood, well drained, but dry. My question is what can I grow in this bed which will compliment Bamboo, and hot planting scheme used in other sunny aspects garden. The only shrub in and thriving is a green, yellow euymonious. I was thinking to add euphorbia purpurea any other suggestions please?


Hello, I think a Euphorbia would be great and perhaps you could introduce a Japanese maple too. Alternatively a fern would help create a tropical feel.


Hello I am planting a prairie garden which winds in & around a lawn. I want to plant bamboo plants within it, will they invade the lawn? Kind regards Linda


Hello there This is a clump forming bamboo so not as invasive as some, but I would still restrict the roots. We do have a bamboo control system, -I have attached a link below to this product. Hope this helps.

To feed bamboos in the growing season, what do you recommend as feed? Btw i have found the Q and A really useful - how about some more photos/videos of planting bamboo and examples of spread year by year?

Bambi Boo

Hello there You can give a nitrogen feed in the spring and a balanced fertliser, such as Growmore for the rest of the growing season. Thank your for your comments regarding the Q and As, glad they are useful. We are looking to do more videos so I will pass on your comments to my colleagues. Hope this helps

Hello there-we have just bought three phyllostachys-aureosulcata-spectabilis on your website. I am a little confused as to contradicting opinion of eventual height of this plant/bamboo. We read the spec that is alongside the option to buy on the right hand side and it says 6m tall which is what we need to block off the neighbours overlooking view but some of the comments in reply to questions on this forum say they grow to 3m tall- can you tell me which is correct? Thank you.


Hello, It is very difficult to be too specific about plant heights as so much depends upon their growing conditions. These plants can have an eventual height of anywhere between 3 and 6 metres, so we have given the maximum possible height.


How many stems in a 5ltr pot? How quickly would these spread? I am trying to cover a distance along a fence of approx 5.5m so need to understand how many pots to buy. Also, how deep rooting are they?


Hello, It is difficult to say how many stems each pot will have as they will all vary. As a very general guide, I would say they will have between one thicker one or three thinner ones and they will be up to 1m tall. As for their roots, they can get about 1m deep and can spread to over 6m. As this is a spreading form it is not ideal for hedging, but if you can control the spread of the roots with a barrier system such as this one... ...then I would advise planting them at 50cm intervals.


Hi Please could you give me some more ideas of companion plants for this bamboo? I'd like to plants to be no higher than 60cm tall, with a mix of perennial and some evergreen plants. Also the size of the plot is only 1.5 meters wide.


Hello, It is worth bearing in mind that this plant has an eventual spread of 6m, so in time it will outgrow your 1.5m wide border unless you install a barrier - please click on the following link to go straight to the one we sell. Even so, it will be a real squeeze in this border, so you may not be able to fit in too many other plants. The following however would make good companions. Hostas Heuchera Rodgersia pinnata Chocolate Wing Nandina domestica Fire Power Pachysandra terminalis Euonymus fortunei Emerald Gaiety I hope this gives you lots of ideas,


Can I grow a Bamboo in a pot? Dear Sir Please can you tell me if I can grow a bamboo in a 2ft deep window type box for a patio? Thanks Roger

roger pannell

Hello Roger, As long as you make sure you keep it really well fed and watered, it should be fine as long as it is nice and wide. After a couple of years though it will need to be planted in the ground - as will most things that grow to a good size. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

Crocus Helpdesk

Can I plant my Bamboo in the ground in a pot with drainage holes? I have a couple of largish bamboos that I wish to plant in a pot in the ground. However, the plastic pots have drainage holes in the bottom. I know that bamboo can become extremely invasive (which is why I wish to plant them in pots). Will the roots go through the holes in the bottom? Or should I use pots without drainage holes? If so, will the bamboo survive with no drainage? Or is there a special type of pot for this purpose? Many thanks. Anne

Anne Lear

Hello Anne, The bamboos will not survive without drainage holes in the bottom of the pots, so this is essential. Sadly though even a tough plastic will deteriorate over time and may crack and split, so they will certainly help, but in the very long term the plants may break out. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

Anne Lear

Hello again Anne, The Phyllostachys nigra is classified as non-invasive (or clump-forming), but even so it has an eventual spread of 3m. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

Crocus Helpdesk

Can certain types of bamboo be non-invasive? I have, apparently, a black bamboo. Many thanks Anne

Anne Lear

Bamboo information please for screeing Hello We need some soft, instant height in a small London garden - but limited to about 2 metres high overall. I am looking for bamboos, preferably yellow stemmed, and not too invasive. For example, how tall will your Phyllostachys aureosulcata spectabilis in the 2lt or 5lt pots grow? Is it very invasive? How tall does Fargesia murieliae (2lt pot) grow? Can either of these be snipped to keep them a given height? Is there another bamboo you would recommend instead? We will need 3 plants. Kind regards Beverley

Beverley Hilton

Dear Helen Many thanks. Will order Fargesia murieliae based on this. Kind regards Beverley

Crocus Helpdesk

Hello Beverley, Unfortunately all the yellow stemmed bamboos we sell have an eventual spread of over 6m, so they are quite invasive. We do give all the eventual heights and spreads on our website up the top next to the pictures, so for example the Phyllostachys aureosulcata f. spectabilis in either a 2 or 5lt pot will eventually grow to 3m tall x 6m wide. The 2lt pots currently hold plants that are around 40-60cm tall, while the 5lt pots are now around 80-100cm tall. The Fargesia murieliae (which is the least invasive of all the bamboos and would be the best option) is currently around 40-60cm tall and will grow to 4m tall by 1.5m wide. Both of them can be clipped to keep them at around 2m tall. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

Beverley Hilton

Bamboo for growing in containers Dear Sir/Madam, Would you please advise me on the suitability of Phyllostachys nigra and Phyllostachys aureosulcata f. spectabilis for container planting. If these are unsuitable, could you please recommend some bamboos that would be OK. Many thanks,

Hello There, The Phyllostachys nigra would be fine in a really large pot as long as you make sure they are kept well watered, but the P. aureosulcata f. spectabilis is too big. Another good option would be Fargesia murieliae - just click on the following link to go straight to it. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

Crocus Helpdesk

How to control diseases

Prevention is better than cure with diseases in the garden so keep your plants growing as strongly as possible – allowing them to fight off infections naturally. A weak plant is much more likely to fall prey than a good, sturdy one. Also be vigilant! Try

Read full article

How to create a wildlife-friendly garden

Wildlife-friendly gardens are not only more interesting as you can watch all the comings and goings, but they are often more productive as many creatures will help increase pollination. Garden ponds act as a magnet to dragonflies and damsel flies, along w

Read full article


The trick to achieving the tropical effect is good preparation and dense planting, vivid foliage, fiery flowers and striking contrasts. The jungle garden is a place for theatrical planning and planting. If you don't have room or the inclination to turn y

Read full article


Make the most of over 3000 years of gardening tradition by creating an oriental-style garden. Originally designed as a place for intellectual contemplation and meditation, they are an ideal sanctuary from the pressures of modern living. Japanese gardens a

Read full article