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Golden bamboo

Pleioblastus viridistriatus

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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 CharacteristicsVariegated leaf pattern; fast growth; generally problem-free.

CareProvide 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.

PropagationSeparate rhizomes in spring and keep moist and shaded until established.


  • Genus : Pleioblastus
  • Zones : 10, 11, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Uses : Containers, Ground Covers
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Plant Type : Grasses
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest

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