Photo copyright: Ned Jaquith, 2005

Photo copyright: Ned Jaquith, 2005

Photo copyright:  Noah Bell, 2008

Phyllostachys vivax
'Huangwenzhu Inversa'
Common Name:
Kimmei Vivax

Maximum Height: 45+ feet  (possibly 60 feet in the right conditions)
Diameter: 3-5 inches
Hardiness: -5 F
USDA Zone recommended 6

    This newest form of vivax is colored like the Castillon form of bambusoides. Yellow culms with a green sulcus. It is more vigorous and hardier than Castillon. It is going to be one of the most sought after forms due to the brilliant contrast between the yellow culms and the dark green leaves and sulcus, and its hardiness. This form sometimes has extra green stripes on the culms as seen below, making it even more spectacular.

 Photo copyright:  Ned Jaquith, 2005
   Close up showing the extra green striping sometimes occurring on Huangvenzhu inversa

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