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Lewis Bamboo


  • Scientific Name: Phyllostachys Aureosulcata 'Spectabilis'
  • Sunlight: Sun to Shade
  • Maximum Height: 26 feet
  • Maximum Diameter: 1.5 inch
  • Minimum Temperature: -5 °F

  • 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.
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Characteristics of Phyllostachys Aureosulcata 'Spectabilis'

Prepare to be dazzled by the Phyllostachys Aureosulcata 'Spectabilis', a rare and enchanting bamboo species that is sure to turn heads and spark conversations. As a collector's delight, this stunning variety is not commonly available, making it all the more desirable for those seeking to add a touch of pizzazz to their garden.

The Spectabilis' canes boast a vibrant yellow hue, accented by striking green stripes within the sulcus grooves, creating a visual feast that breathes life and color into any landscape. But don't be fooled by its delicate appearance - this remarkable bamboo is one of the hardiest temperate species on the planet.

Fearlessly facing temperatures as low as -5 degrees, the Phyllostachys Aureosulcata 'Spectabilis' is an evergreen champion suited for USDA climate zones 6 and warmer. Sharing growth habits with its cousin, the 'Yellow Groove,' this exceptional bamboo holds its own against the elements, handling windy sites with far greater aplomb.

Bring home the Phyllostachys Aureosulcata 'Spectabilis' and watch as it weaves its whimsical charm throughout your garden. Its alluring appearance and steadfast resilience make it the perfect addition for anyone looking to infuse their outdoor space with a vibrant and hardy specimen. Don't miss your chance to become the proud owner of this extraordinary bamboo variety and let it become the star of your garden show.


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 Instructions

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.

Diagram for bamboo planting depth and hole width.

More details can be found on our Planting Instruction Page

Spacing between plants

One division of bamboo will start a grove or screen over time. However, if you want a privacy screen fast, we 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.