Golden Bamboo (Aurea)

The Golden Bamboo (Aurea) is generally described as a perennial vine or shrub or graminoid. This is not native to the U.S. (United States) and has its most active growth period in the spring and summer and fall . Leaves are retained year to year. The Golden Bamboo (Aurea) has a long life span relative to most other plant species and a rapid growth rate. At maturity, the typical Golden Bamboo (Aurea) will reach up to 15 feet high, with a maximum height at 20 years of 15 feet.

The Golden Bamboo (Aurea) is usually not commercially available except under contract. It can be propagated by bare root, container, sprigs. Note that cold stratification is not required for seed germination and the plant cannot survive exposure to temperatures below -3°F. has low tolerance to drought and restricted water conditions.

Plant Basics
Growth Rate Rapid
General Type Vine, Shrub, Graminoid
Growth Period Spring, Summer, Fall
Growth Duration Perennial
Lifespan Long
Plant Nativity Introduced to U.S.
Commercial Availability Contracting Only
Physical Characteristics
Displays Fall Colors Yes
Shape/Growth Form Rhizomatous
Drought Tolerance Low
Shade Tolerance Intolerant
Height When Mature 15
Vegetative Spread Rapid
Flower Conspicuousness No
Gardening Characteristics
Propagations (Ways to Grow) Bare Root, Container, Sprigs
Moisture Requirements Low
Cold Stratification Required No
Minimum Temperature -3
Soil Depth for Roots 14
Toxic to Nearby Plants No
Toxic to Livestock No
After-Harvest Resprout Ability Yes
Responds to Coppicing No
Growth Requirements
pH Range 5–7.5 pH
Precipitation Range 35–35 inches/yr
Planting Density 300–700 indiv./acre
Soil Textures Coarse, Fine, Medium
Soil Depth for Roots 14
Minimum Frost-Free Days 180 day(s)
Salinity Tolerance None
CaCO3 Tolerance Low
Sustainability & Use
Leaf Retention Yes
Fire Resistant No
Causes Livestock Bloating None

Source: USDA, NRCS, PLANTS Database,
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA