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Gold Bamboo

Phyllostachys parvifolia with yellow/green to golden yellow canes.

Gold Bamboo
 
 
 
 

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Product information "Gold Bamboo"

The golden yellow canes are the hallmark of Phyllostachys parvifolia. This colouring appears after 2-3 years.

The canes of the gold bamboo start out fresh green and then turn golden in the sun; they are up to 6cm thick. The loose leaf mass allows a lot of sunshine to penetrate the inside of the plant and this makes this bamboo have a particularly bright effect.
 
Strong canes

When the young canes appear, one might ask why this bamboo is called gold bamboo. This question is answered only when the older canes assume the typical, greenish yellow to golden yellow colouration in the sun. Through the small, light green leaves, a lot of sun reaches the soil under the bamboo and a light, loose appearance develops due to the bright canes and this sun-drenched appearance. The canes are quite powerful with a diameter of up to 6 cm and they give a vital impression. Strong canes are necessary for the expected height of about 8 m; in southern regions even heights of up to 12 m can be reached. The canes are dense and this gold bamboo needs at least 10 square metres of space.
 
Warmth-loving bamboo

Phyllostachys parvifolia wants a sunny or partially shaded location, keeping in mind that the golden colour of the canes is only increased by intense solar rays. This bamboo loves heat and needs a wind-protected site. The soil should be nutrient-rich and permeable with a good water supply. Depending on the region, the winter hardiness varies; in northern Germany, when temperatures fall below -16°C, there will mostly likely be leaf damage. The bamboo itself is hardy down to -24°C. In the south, established specimens can withstand temperatures down to -25°C without damage.
 
The bright appearance of Phyllostachys parvifolia makes it a wonderful garden bamboo, which is outstanding as a dense bamboo grove. It can also be used as a high-growing privacy screen, which should not appear too harsh.
 
Strong rhizomes

The gold bamboo forms rhizomes. This means that the plant forms subterranean roots, from which a new plant can grow, sometimes a few metres away from the plant. These rhizomes can be very long and strong depending on the bamboo, so strong that they can grow into concrete cracks and break them. This causes the bamboo to spread into the garden and also to adjoining land, if it is allowed. To prevent this, a rhizome barrier should be installed. Such a rhizome barrier is a strong, durable plastic, which is placed around the plant up to 1.5 m deep in order to prevent uncontrolled spreading. In spite of the barrier, it should be checked once a year whether or not “fugitives” have been able to escape from the prison. If such rhizomes are found, they must be staked out immediately, and the roots must be removed in a delicate manner.
 
In order to preserve the dense vegetation, old and weak shoots should be removed periodically, so that there is room for new shoots inside the barrier. The stalks can be used excellently for crafting purposes and the young and tender buds can be processed for delicious Asian dishes.
 
Although single canes (not whole plants) have been producing flowers ever since 1990, no case has yet been known as far as 2016, in which a grown bamboo has died. The seeds that were formed were not able to germinate. Also the flowers of the bamboos in the genus Phyllostachys usually won’t die; they usually recover well by cutting them back and by providing good fertilisation.
 
Short description of Phyllostachys parvifolia

Growth: Upright

Final size: 8 m high and at least 5 m wide

Flowers: Flowering rhythm of 80-130 years, by cutting back and fertilising, death can be prevented

Canes: Young canes are fresh green, then greenish yellow to golden

Leaves: Wintergreen

Use: As a solitary plant, in groups, as a bamboo grove, high hedge
 
  • Final height 5m to 10m
  • Final width 3m to 5m
  • Available February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Fragrance slightly scented
  • Use as a structural plant, as a hedge, for group plantings, as a specimen plant
  • Hardiness hardy
  • Soil moist, dry, moderately heavy, light, slightly alkaline, neutral, slightly acidic
  • Location partial shade, full sun
  • Leaf Colour green

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