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Green Stripe Bamboo

Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Spectabilis'

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Green Stripe Bamboo (Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Spectabilis') at River Street Flowerland

Green Stripe Bamboo foliage

Green Stripe Bamboo foliage

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Height:  20 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Zig-Zag Bamboo


This hardy bamboo has rigidly upright canes that are gold with a dark green stripe, the occasional cane with a zig zag kink; an excellent rigid screen, fundamental in Japanese gardens

Ornamental Features

Green Stripe Bamboo's pointy leaves remain forest green in color throughout the season. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The gold stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.

Landscape Attributes

Green Stripe Bamboo is an herbaceous perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Green Stripe Bamboo is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Green Stripe Bamboo will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This plant performs well in both full sun and full shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Green Stripe Bamboo is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Screening  Garden  Naturalizing  Container 
Texture  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features