Jed Doty, 1997
A ray of sunlight illuminating a Golden Vivax culm.
photo copyright: Ned Jaquith, 2003
Common name: Golden vivax
Typical height in USA: 40 to 50 feet
Diameter: 3 to 5 inch canes
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.