Photo copyright: Jed Doty, 1997
A ray of sunlight illuminating a Golden Vivax culm.



photo copyright: Ned Jaquith, 2003

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Phyllostachys vivax 'Aureocaulis'
Common name: Golden vivax

Maximum Height: 70 feet
Typical height in USA: 40 to 50 feet
Diameter: 3 to 5 inch canes
Hardiness: -5 F
USDA Zone recommended 6 through 10

This is possibly our most spectacular new bamboo. This majestic bamboo, with its towering spires of golden yellow culms painted with random green stripes, is truly a sight to behold. Like other large bamboos, Phyllostachys vivax 'Aureocaulis' will appreciate the sunniest location possible. Mature height will be 40 to 50 ft. (possibly much taller) with an expected culm diameter of 3" to 5".

In China, its native environment, Golden Vivax reaches an incredible height of 70 feet.  It may be possible to achieve this in southeastern USA where the climate is similar.


photos copyright: Noah Bell, 2005
Random green stripes                   This cane came up half green, half gold.


photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2008
Here is our largest P. vivax 'Aureocaulis', about 30 feet tall.