Friendly name: Aurea Koi

Phyllostachys aurea

Maximum Height: 27'
Maximum Diameter: 1 3/4"
Minimum Temperature: -3° F
Does best in full sun.
Spreading: Aggressive

Phyllostachys aurea Koi

Has the same habit and growth pattern as P. aurea "Golden" bamboo. It is easily identified by one of several short internodes at the base of some of its culms which resemble the hand grip of a walking cane. It is a very aggressive spreader in areas with warm summers. The culms turn from green to yellow after the first 6 months, but the culm grooves remain green, similar in color to P. bambusoides 'Castillon.' Some leaves can develop narrow cream or greenish yellow stripes.

This clone developed as a spontaneous form in La Jolla, CA from a grove of P. aurea in the late 1970s or early 1980s.


Phyllostachys aurea Koi (Zone 7)
Phyllostachys aurea Koi
Phyllostachys aurea Koi...
First year
Bamboo - Phyllostachys aurea Koi First year growth photo

Second year
Bamboo - Phyllostachys aurea Koi Second year growth photo

Third year
Bamboo - Phyllostachys aurea Koi Third year growth photo

Fourth year
Bamboo - Phyllostachys aurea Koi Fourth year growth photo

Fifth year
Bamboo - Phyllostachys aurea Koi Fifth year growth photo
Phyllostachys aurea Koi

Botanical Latin is essentially a written language .... How they are pronounced really matters little provided they sound pleasant and are understood by all concerned...
W.T. Stearn an authority on Botanical Latin

Name Botanical Alternate Meaning
Phyllostachys fil-lo-STAK-iss fy-lo-STAK-iss   Greek for leaf spike 
aurea AW-re-uh   Golden flower 
Koi KOI KO-eye   

Phyllostachys aurea Koi
Edible shoots Good Hedge Good
House Too large Wood quality Excellent
Container Good Crafts Good
Screen Excellent Ornamental Excellent
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