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Fishpole Bamboo

Phyllostachys aurea

Also known as

Golden Bamboo, Fish-Pole Bamboo, Yellow Bamboo, Gosan-chiku, Hotei-chiku, Bamboo, Fish Pole Bamboo, Monk's Belly Bamboo, Fairyland Bamboo

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Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity

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Phyllostachys aurea
Some Phyllostachys aurea bamboo

Fishpole Bamboo Overview

Phyllostachys aurea is a tall evergreen bamboo species from the Poaceae family. Originating from Southeast China. Commonly known as Fishpole Bamboo, Golden Bamboo or Yellow Bamboo. It forms sizable clumps of green canes that yellow with age Fishpole Bamboo grows up to 3.5m tall, producing straight, pointed leaves coloured yellow-green. The leaves can reach 18cm in length. This bamboo is popularly grown in gardens, it enjoys full sun or partial shade and well-draining soil. A good choice for container growing as this will limit the potential spread. This plant is considered invasive in the US and Australia due to its aptitude for the climates there, it easily crowds out native plants and is hard to remove.

How to propagate Fishpole Bamboo


Propagate from seeds in the spring or autumn.


By division in spring.

Special features of Fishpole Bamboo

Hedge plant

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Fishpole Bamboo

Used for hedging as well as for ornamentation. The woody stems can have many uses.