Spectabilis

4.78 out of 5 based on 23 customer ratings
(23 customer reviews )

$44.00$69.00

A short screening bamboo for cold climates. The canes are yellow with a green stripe in the sulcus groove. There is occasional zigzag in the lower portions of the canes. Handles windy site well.

Scientific Name

Phyllostachys Aureosulcata 'Spectabilis'

Light Conditions

Sun to Shade

Maximum Height

26 feet

Maximum Diameter

1.5 inch

Minimum Temperature

−5 °F

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Description

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Why choose this bamboo?
  • Only cold hardy species with a unique, non-typical appearance.
  • Canes are golden yellow with a bright green stripe, 1/10th of canes have a crook in the bottom.
  • Very vertical appearance, does not tend to weep or lean.

Phyllostachys Aureosulcata ‘Spectabilis’ is a beautiful collector species not commonly available. This species adds a splash of color with a beautiful yellow and green bamboo fence. Very cold hardy bamboo with growing habits similar to ‘Yellow Groove’. Bright yellow coloration of the canes with the green stripe in the sulcus grooves is absolutely beautiful. This species handles windy sites much better than ‘Yellow Groove and is one of our most requested cold hardy bamboos.

In USDA Climate Zone 7 expect mature size canes to be over 20 feet in height.

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

In USDA Climate Zone 5 expect mature size canes to be 12 to 14 feet in height.

In USDA Climate Zone 4 expect mature size canes to be 8 feet in height with some top kill during severe winter months.

This rare species is one of the most cold hardy species of temperate bamboo on earth. It can handle -15 degrees temperatures which makes it suitable as an evergreen bamboo for USDA climate zones 5 and warmer.

Phyllostachys Aureosulcata ‘Spectabilis’ grows quickly in zones 6, 7, and even tolerates the extreme heat in warmer zones 8 and 9. This bamboo can provide a dense screen in even the most unforgiving climates.

In warm climates it grows quickly to 12 and 16 feet in height while remaining very bushy like with plenty of low growing limbs. Great for a bamboo privacy screen. It makes a great short screen in colder climate zones. Ideal for customer who need over ten feet of privacy.

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23 reviews for Spectabilis

  1. 5 out of 5

    Growing well in IndyBought three 2-gallon buckets of the spectabilis about 8 or 9 years ago to provide a privacy screen along our back fence. We watched them do nothing above ground for the first two years or so, then they absolutely took off. They were spaced evenly initially along about a 100 foot fence. They have now completely filled an area of about 100' by 25', stalks from 12-20 feet in height. We have not given them any care whatsoever, no water or fertilizer. They have endured harsh Indianapolis winters (we lose some during the harshest winters, but the new spring growth negates any loss), hot drought periods, and lots of wind year round that makes them sway to and fro. Our dogs, several bullmastiffs and a rottweiler have crashed through the new and old growth with abandon, nothing bothers this bamboo. Easily controlled with my mower, and the neighbors must do the same because I've yet to see any on their side and no complaints from them. Wish we had more property to try some of the others. I would recommend Lewis to anyone looking to grow bamboo.

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  2. 5 out of 5

    Nice bamboo!I planted this bamboo in about a 15 G cedar wood pot after just 2 weeks I got new sprouts!
    I am using cow fertilizer next, I will try some seaweed!

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  3. 5 out of 5

    I ordered 10 Aureosulcata "Spectabilis" four short years ago. They are now roughly 12-15 feet high and have completely filled in an area measuring 10'x 100'. (I have actually had to thin them and used the poles in my garden to stake plants.)They show no signs of slowing down, in fact each year they get taller and the new shoots are bigger around. These are extremely hardy, laughing off ice storms and 100-year droughts. I have taken many starts from this planting and have begun filling in another area on my property. Beautiful. Thank you Lewis Bamboo!

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  4. 5 out of 5

    @Sam I know what your saying there . In the current economy its difficult to find a career that pays good and is stable . I have found that if you just work hard and are consistent you can go places . Look at the poster of this page , they are

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  5. 5 out of 5

    My plants arrived 2 days after I ordered them and are doing great so far. I couldn't be happier with the plants and service received! I will use Lewis Bamboo again in the future.

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  6. 5 out of 5

    Beautiful bamboo. Arrived promptly and well packaged.

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  7. 5 out of 5

    Lewis Bamboo was exactly the place I was searching for. Not only did the owner advise me, in real time, through the Lewis Bamboo site, but he suggested I purchase something smaller and less expensive to better serve my needs. What a great guy! My bamboo arrived in great shape during the summer, and is going strong, in a small cattle trough, of my NW coastal garden. I will definitely purchase additional plants through this company.

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  8. 5 out of 5

    Quick and honest. Great service. I do not have much experience with bamboo, but the plants i was sent are happy and healthy. I can wholeheartedly recommend purchase from Lewis Bamboo.

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  9. Dear Roger,
    Our 2 Spectabilis and 1 Rubromarginata arrived yesterday in Glorious Condition. When I see the husky root stock you ship me it's an instant party around here. Even the neighbors have told me how much they appreciate the bamboo.
    You sent us a Golden 2 1/2 years ago and even though it has to be in a 50 gallon plastic tote (with good drainage of course) it has flourished, 14' tall X 8' wide. ABQ is at 5,000 ft elevation with some tough winters & zero humidity. But your bamboo thrives anyway!
    All my best to you and your family.
    Again, Thank You
    --
    Albuquerque, NM

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  10. 5 out of 5

    This is my 3rd order and they deliver good quality bamboo and package it well.

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  11. 5 out of 5

    Great selection of bamboo. Prompt shipping and very well packed. High quality plants. Nice planting instructions on the website.

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  12. 5 out of 5

    Their website was really helpful when it came to choosing the right kind of bamboo. I'm lucky that it's been warm this Spring, because it surprisingly arrived in just a few days. It was well-wrapped,...

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  13. 5 out of 5

    Plants were in excellent condition and rooted almost immediately. Two Weeks later, brand-new culm shoots grew taller than the original plant shipped. HIGHLY recommend. I have never gotten mail-order...

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  14. 5 out of 5

    Great! I was expecting shipping a week later, but they got right on the ball and had my plants to me sooner! The plants are healthy and doing great in my yard! Thanks, Lewis Bamboo!

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  15. 5 out of 5

    Great! My plants were in really good condition when I received them and are growing well. I will definitely buy from this company again.

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  16. 5 out of 5

    Always good service and prompt delivery. Plants in excellent condition. I have order two years in a row now and have not been disappointed. I definitely recommend Lewis Bamboo!

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  17. 5 out of 5

    I will order again. Just needed larger plants. The ones received were of excellent quality.

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  18. 5 out of 5

    Roger:
    Just wanted to provide some feedback. We purchased 10 Spectabilis plants in May and they survived a ridiculous Saint Louis winter full of record lows, ice storms, frozen ground, record snowfall and sub zero winds. Half of the plants are already sprouting new growth. Just thought I would take a quick minute to say thanks for the recommendation. We were really worried the bamboo wasn't going to bounce back given this winter's extremes, but it seems they have pushed though, We wish you continued success-- Tom

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  19. 5 out of 5

    Just wanted to say thanks! We ordered a 3 gallon Spectabilis in September 2012. We quickly planted
    it in a wood container. When it gotcold (November) we wrapped it in two layers of bubble wrap to weather
    the cold. It survived beautifully and now has three "babies!" Wonderful and exciting. Thanks so much.

    FYI... it got down to 5 degrees a few times but not below zero. We live on a hill and it handles the
    wind very well. Maryland

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  20. 5 out of 5

    They kept in eTouch since the day of the order. Sent links to planting instructions and shipping notices so I could prepare for the arrival. The plants arrived when they said they would and in great condition.

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  21. 5 out of 5

    Roger, I received 4 Spectabilis plants from you toward the end of July, planted them right away and watered them regularly. A couple of weeks ago I noticed a new shoot at the base of one of them, and now 3 of them have anywhere from 2-6 new shoots at the base. I consider this amazing, since I wasn't expecting anything until spring, except adaptation to new surroundings. So, I'm impressed with these healthy happy plants, doing well at 7,000 feet altitude. Some of the new growth is already 3 feet high - just thought I'd let you know.
    Many thanks for your wonderful bamboo, Ron, Santa Fe

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  22. 5 out of 5

    Lewis Bamboo,
    Thank you for the very fine bamboo specimens I received today! I ordered 3 gallon sizes of ‘Nigra’, ‘Spectabilis’, and ‘Henon’. On your site it says that 3 gallon sizes are 2 to 3 feet tall. The Spectabilis you sent me is 7 feet tall!!! The others are at least 5 or 6 feet tall! The root-masses on them are all very large and robust. I’m very impressed with the quality of your stock. Thanks a lot!!! I’ll buy from you again for sure in the spring.
    Sincerely,

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  23. 5 out of 5

    Great experience. Quick and easy. Will order again.

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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


    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

    Spacing

    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.

    Maintenance

    Fertilizer

    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

    Control

    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.