Photo copyright: Noah Bell, Bamboo Garden 2010

Photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2008  (click on photo to see larger image)

Photo copyright: Ned Jaquith, 2001

Phyllostachys aureosulcata 
'Harbin Inversa'

Expected Height: 25 to 30 feet
Diameter: 2 inches
Hardiness: -10° F
Recommended for USDA zone 5 through 10.

This newly discovered form is bright yellow with multiple random narrow green stripes on the culm. Like all forms of Phyllostachys aureosulcata it has many culms with sharp bends near the base but is very erect and makes a good hedge or screen. Also like other yellow forms of Phyllostachys aureosulcata this bamboo will turn a beautiful orange-magenta when exposed to bright sun for a period while the new culms are hardening in the early summer. (the photo on the left is an extreme example). Not a sport of ‘Harbin’, this bamboo does not have the multiple vertical ridges characteristic of that plant.

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