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Phyllostachys vivax 'Aureocaulis'

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Phyllostachys vivax 'Aureocaulis'

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Full sun to part shade, moist well-drained soil

A spectacular giant evergreen bamboo reaching 10m+, with butter yellow culms randomly striped with green and reaching an impressive 13cm diameter. This is a very cold hardy plant that needs space, root barrier, sun and good irrigation - foliage looks its best protected from drying winds.

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Phyllostachys vivax 'Aureocaulis' is rated by most bamboo growers as the best and most ornamental tall to giant growing bamboos for colder climates. Even without summer heat it can reach massive proportions - 13cm thick culms that can reach over 10m.

The butter yellow culms are beautifully and randomly striped with green. This is a plant that needs space, root barrier, and good irrigation, but is unsurpassed as a specimen bamboo in larger gardens.

Phyllostachys vivax 'Aureocaulis' Identification Sheet

Species / Cultivar
vivax 'Aureocaulis'
Full sun to part shade, moist well-drained soil
Eventual height
Eventual spread
Fully hardy
Skill level
Frequently asked questions about bamboo

What is an invasive bamboo?

Certain species of bamboo have the tendency to spread on large areas if they are not controlled. This can cause problems, if the plants spread to neighbouring gardens or in paved areas. Make sure that the growth is contained with a root barrier, when planting an invasive species of bamboo.

Discuss the matter with your gardener, landscaper or one of the friendly horticultural advisors at The Palm Centre.

Can bamboo grow in pots?

For short period of times (a few years), bamboo can be grown in pots. Clump forming bamboo (like the Fargesia species) will to better long term in a pot. Make sure you choose a pot that will provide stability, as the plants can grow quite tall and in high winds may fall over. 

How often should I water the bamboo?

Bamboo plants are very thirsty plants. You may have to consider an irrigation system to keep the plants well watered in drier periods. If planted in pots, you may have to water the bamboo almost every day, depending on the size of the pot. Apply a layer of mulch to prevent the soil from drying out too fast. 


Bamboos can be grown almost anywhere, but avoid excessively windy locations. Many can be grown in sun or shade (sun is usually best for colour).Bamboos are generally shallow rooted and prefer a rich, moisture retentive, organic soil. 


Before planting out, the roots should be soaked in water for some time, and after planting it is important that the plant is watered well.

Hardy species of bamboo which were grown in pots can be planted anytime during the year, except in frozen ground.

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Outdoor plants pot sizes
Outdoor plants pot sizes

With items such as ferns, juvenile tree ferns and herbaceous plants it is difficult to give the exact size of each species when such a wide range of plants are grown so we specify standard pot sizes to give an indication of the size and/or age of the plant you are buying.

Sometimes the pot size might vary slightly from the standard or we might listed as 2-3 litre pot, depending on the growers we purchased them from. However, the sizes of the plants are similar in height and spread.

Sometimes the plants might be photographed in decorative pots. However, please bear in mind that our plants are kept in plastic nursery pots.

Plants measurements
Plant measurements

For the outdoor plants, that are meant to be planted in the ground, the height of the pot is excluded from the measurement. The height is measured from the top of the pot to the tallest leaf or branch of the plant.

All plants are measured when brought to our nursery, however, due to natural factors, the actual size of the plant might change over time due to adjustments to the environment. When picking multiple plants for an order, we aim to pick matching plants.

Plant warranties

We can guarantee that the plants leave our nursery disease free, but weather and local conditions might affect their survival. Make sure you always make an informed purchasing decision.

The plants that leave our nursery are in the best condition, free of disease. Kept in adequate conditions (positioning and care), the plants are guaranteed for 3 months if they are planted in the ground or one year if they are kept in their original pots. Return policy applies only to plants that are in their original pots.

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Delivery information

Due to the nature of the consignments, the courier's drivers are not insured to carry goods through your property. The standard delivery location is the border of your property or the entrance of a communal space. If other arrangements need to be made, please get in touch with us as soon as the order is placed. Vouchers and small boxes can be posted through the letterbox, provided there is unrestricted access to it. 

Please make sure you leave delivery instructions, at checkout, in case you won't be at home when the courier delivers.







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Reviews (2)

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Phyllostachys Vivax Aureocaulis 18l
Natalie G.
The Palm Centre were true gems in getting me the bamboo, in a couple of days, and it is nearly 4m, plenty of straight, healthy stems, of good thickness already, one with a beautiful wide green striping going nearly all the way up from the soil to the midst of the leaves in the tallest culm - so happy, thank you for your fantastic service xxx
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Lisa R.
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We have wanted some good sized Chinese Timber Bamboo for some time now, and we were even more delighted than we expected when they arrived! Beautiful, well grown , healthy plants! Excellent communications from The Palm center re possible problems during shipping as they are around 4 meters tall. They arrived in good condition, and are now gracing our garden with great style.
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