Golden bamboo

Pleioblastus viridistriatus

Photo/Illustration: 
Delilah Smittle
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Golden bamboo (Pleioblastus viridistriatus)
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Synonyms:  P. auricomus
Genus:  Pleioblastus
This bamboo has showy variegated leaves of green and gold in an irregular pattern of stripes. It is a running bamboo, making it good for naturalizing and filling in or for hedging, but it may need to be controlled by underground barriers. It grows to about 5 feet high.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Variegated leaf pattern; fast growth; generally problem-free.
Care:  Provide fertile, moist but well-drained soil that is high in organic matter in full sun. May need to be controlled by underground barriers if spread is unwanted.
Propagation:  Separate rhizomes in spring and keep moist and shaded until established.
Problems:  Infrequent.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Runs
Growth Pace
Fast Grower,
Invasive/Aggressive Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Foliage Color
Variegated Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Ground Covers,
Screening,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Grasses

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