Golden Bamboo

5.00 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
(9 customer reviews )

This beautiful evergreen bamboo is used extensively for screening. At maturity, the culms grow close together and with it’s thick foliage, ‘Golden Bamboo’ provides an excellent visual and sound barrier for Zone 6 and higher.

Scientific Name

Phyllostachys Aurea 'Golden'

Light Conditions

Sun to Shade

Maximum Height

30 feet

Maximum Diameter

1.5 inch

Minimum Temperature

5 °F

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Phyllostachys Aurea ‘Golden Bamboo’ is a prime choice for privacy screening or a bamboo fence. A fast grower in warm climate zones, but less aggressive in colder climates. Provides a thick impenetrable grove when untrimmed. The culm nodes are compacted giving this species a great look on larger culms. On small plants and often on mature size culm this species has low growing limbs. This species is very drought hardy. Light green canes turning golden when exposed to sun light. The culms ( canes) are very strong and upright. The culms sheaths are pale/green to pale/red. The auricles and oral setae are absent from the sheaths.

‘Golden Bamboo’ was the first Phyllostachys introduced into the United States (Alabama in 1882).

In colder regions, this species forms tight groves versus the more open groves in warmer climate zones. Culms are excellent wood quality and the new shoots are edible.

Climate Zone 7 expect mature size canes to be over 30 feet in height.

Climate Zone 6 expect mature size canes to be 16 feet in height.

‘Golden Bamboo’ is growing well in New York’s climate zone 6 but in some micro climates of zone 6, this species does not remain evergreen. This beautiful bamboo will drop foliage when temps drop to around 5 degrees F. Canes will most likely be killed when temps drop to -5. Unless temps drop to -30 degrees F. the root system of established well mulched groves will put up new canes each Spring.

Plant introduction number (PI) into the U.S. 75153

The Japanese name for Phyllostachys aurea is Hoteichiku and the common name for it in Chinese is Ren Mian zhu

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9 reviews for Golden Bamboo

  1. 5 out of 5

    Fantastic!I purchased 4 Golden Bamboo plants in early summer. I am very pleased with the quality and the health of my plants. (It is about 6 months later and they are thriving! Including one that was partially knocked over due to water run off from Hurricane Michael.)

    I planted it in an area of my yard between my neighbors driveway and my own house for two reasons.
    1.) My neighbor likes to tell us that we need to remove certain trees in this area of my yard. She even went so far as to hire someone and have a tree cut down without our permission. We just happened to go outside as the tree person began cutting down the tree then she admitted what she had done.
    2.) The same neighbor has a motion sensor light that is pointed directly at my bedroom window and has the brightest light bulbs in the world. Also, apparently, the motion sensor is broken and it just stays on all night. I actually had to put cardboard into my bedroom window because it lights up the room so much at night. So, this Golden Bamboo is perfect because it will screen the area heavily.

    The best part is that my neighbor thinks these bamboo plants are butterfly bushes. LOL!

    The plants I received were in beautiful shape, packaged perfectly, and extremely healthy. I purchased a different type of bamboo from a bamboo grower who is in Raleigh, NC about 2 hours from my house. The Lewis Bamboo is much healthier and my plants are doing much better than the ones I purchased semi-locally. I will continue to purchase from here.

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  2. 5 out of 5

    Beautiful plantArrived quickly, neatly packed and bundles. Got it planted the same day it arrived and it appears to be doing well. Bought it for a privacy screen in northern Virginia. Now to install the bamboo screen which looks much more digging but appears to be essential

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  3. 5 out of 5

    The bamboo arrived quickly and well packed. They are doing great. I would order from Lewis Bamboo again!

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  4. 5 out of 5

    Lewis Bamboo has made a great name for itself. And there's good reason. They're knowledgable, timely and provide beautiful plants. I have ordered timber, golden, and black varieties. All perfectly healthy and hearty on arrival. Responded well to planting per instructions. I also ordered the fertilizer product and was pleased with the response. The only things that's confusing for others is when I recommend Lewis Bamboo, because my name is Lewis and friends think I've moved into the bamboo peddling business.

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  5. 5 out of 5

    The plants arrived in good shape. I was especially impressed by the wrapping of the roots; they were moist, and to say that in Phoenix is something!

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  6. 5 out of 5

    Very good experience with this company, and the products are healthy.

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  7. 5 out of 5

    Hello, Roger
    Just wanted to say how much I appreciate your company. When my bamboo arrived I met the UPS lady and helped her haul the boxes into my home. It was yet another miserable 107-degree day and I was astonished to feel heat pulsing out of the handholds of the boxes. I immediately unpacked and moved them to a shady spot outside and misted them thoroughly several times that day and the following, until the cool of night when I actually put them in the ground. After they were installed I gave them another thorough soaking. The leaves were a bit curled and some of the canes had snapped in transit, so the leaves on those parts were dying, but overall I had hope because when I unwrapped the roots I was amazed that despite the brutal heat, the dirt was not yet quite dried out. I'll admit, I was worried about buying any plants mail-order this time of year, but this made a believer out of me.
    One week later they all seem to be doing fine. The leaves are dark green and flat and they are still getting plenty of water to help them settle in. I am sure the only reason they did not die in transit was your clever packing methods, and I'd like to thank you for sending them so quickly and with such great care. My yard is overlooked by the second story of a neighbor on another side, and after this pleasant experience I intend to add bamboo to that area next summer.
    You have gained another satisfied and loyal customer!
    Christy in Dallas, Texas

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  8. 5 out of 5

    Thank you very much. We received our shipment of Golden Bamboo and it has been planted. It all arrived looking very healthy and in good shape. We have passed on your name and number to our friends who will be calling you for their bamboo.

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  9. 5 out of 5

    Quick service. Good communication.

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    How Bamboo Grows

    Bamboo grows a little different than most plants. The bamboo that you get initially never grows vertically again. It has babies that are taller, that has babies that are taller. Every generation should be taller that the previous year's shoots. The intriguing aspect is that each year’s growth emerges and grows to it complete height in 60-90 days. They spread as they produce larger growth, filling in and providing a screen.

    This link will help you learn how bamboo grows. It will give you an idea of what kind of growth to expect from your planting. It is a lot of information, but well worth your time. How Bamboo Grows


    Planting bamboo is also easy. You want to dig a hole about twice the size of the root ball. When you plant the bamboo amend your soil with composted manure and a good top soil. Bamboo can be planted at ground level or slightly deeper. It is not a picky about it conditions but this will help get it off to a good start.

    More details can be found on our Planting Instruction Page


    One division of bamboo will start a grove or screen over time. However, if you want a privacy screen fast, I recommend planting bamboo 3 to 5 feet apart. This will hopefully allow you to have a good screen in three years. There are a lot of factors such as water, sunlight, and climate zones that speeds up or slows down the process. Three years is about the average on this spacing, closer planting will allow you to screen or develop your grove faster. You cannot over plant bamboo.



    Bamboo can benefit from a fertilization program. You can safely fertilize your bamboo once it has been in the ground for one month. A time release fertilizer will work great. Time release fertilizers allow for proper absorption in case your soil is out of PH balance. We offer some fertilizer to help with growth. We fertilize twice a year. Once in the early spring to encourage new growth and then again during the middle of the grow season to replace any nutrients that are being depleted. Click here to see our recommended fertilizer: Our Fertilizers


    Over the years a lot of myths have been told about bamboo, while it can spread under good conditions, it is not as invasive as many people would have you believe. In colder climates an aggressive runner here in the south will hardy spread at all in comparison. We have been growing bamboo since 1985 and had experience with it long before that. The bamboo's underground root system (rhizome) will spread beyond the initial planting over the years, so in the next two or three years you will need to decide on some method of containment on the sides you do not want the rhizomes to run over into.

    We have constructed a page discussing multiple methods of controlling bamboo. It goes over root pruning, mowing new shoots, and in ground barriers: Controlling Bamboo

    All this said and it may discourage you, but as with any plant there will be maintenance. Bamboo is very beautiful and is great in a Japanese style garden, but it will need maintenance down the road. At first it may seem to be doing nothing, but after 3 to 5 years you will have a lot of beautiful culms (canes) and love the foliage. All our 150 plus species simply contained by mowing and weed eating the new Spring and Summer shoots. Hopes this helps and don't be afraid of the bamboo.