Phyllostachys vivax f. aureocaulis

Phyllostachys vivax f. aureocaulis

Golden chinese timber bamboo, yellow-groove bamboo, golden vivax bamboo

  • Botanical name: Phyllostachys vivax f. aureocaulis
  • Common name: Golden chinese timber bamboo, yellow-groove bamboo, golden vivax bamboo
  • Family: Poaceae
  • Plant Type: Shrub, Evergreen
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Phyllostachys are attractive, tall, evergreen bamboos that make an architectural statement in the garden.


Phyllostachys vivax f. aureocaulis is a very vigorous bamboo with tall thick, golden-yellow canes that are randomly striped with green. In its native China it can reach over 20m and will form a thicket that’s around 8m high in UK gardens. For this reason it’s best grown as a single specimen in a large garden. 


For best results grow Phyllostachys aureosulcata f. aureocaulis in moist but well-drained soil. In the right conditions it can spread, so limit the roots with a non-perishable barrier.

How to grow Phyllostachys vivax

  • Plant size

    8m height

    3m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Clay / heavy / moist

Phyllostachys vivax and wildlife

Phyllostachys vivax has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Phyllostachys vivax poisonous?

Phyllostachys vivax has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Phyllostachys vivax