Photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2008

Photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2008
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Phyllostachys aureosulcata
'Lama Temple'

Expected Height: 20 -25 feet
Diameter: 1.75 inches
Hardiness: -10 F
Recommended for USDA zone 5 through 10.

    This rare cultivar of P. aureosulcata has a brighter gold color than the similar P. aureosulcata 'Aureocaulis' . It also seems to have a shorter overall height, with shorter nodes. The sunward side of the new culms in late spring turn a brilliant cherry red color for a couple months. Culm sheaths are more pale and pink than other P. aureosulcata. We have been growing this plant for several years and now, as it has reach a respectable height, we can finally see the subtle differences compared to the more common P. aureosulcata 'Aureocaulis' .
    The bright colors of this bamboo make it a very attractive plant and seem to shed light in any area. It can prosper in shade, though not as fast and with out the red culms in spring. Color looks best with about 3-5 hours of direct sun in the morning hours. 

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    Photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2008
Showing spring color in full sun.