Phyllostachys Aurea Holochrysa Bamboo
Phyllostachys Aurea Holochrysa
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Phyllostachys Aurea Holochrysa is more commonly known as Golden Bamboo. It is a popular choice for an oriental garden, or for the gardener who appreciates sound, structure and movement as well as colour.
Originating from South East China and Japan, Phyllostachys Aurea Holochrysa stands out from other varieties of Phyllostachys Aurea because its canes, also known as culms, turn a golden yellow much earlier. It is considered the most golden of all the golden bamboos.
Growing in upright clumps, the grooved canes first appear pale green and gradually turn into the recognisable golden culms. The more light these canes receive the more golden they will become. Golden Bamboo has plenty of year-round evergreen foliage that complements the golden canes.
Phyllostachys Aurea Holochrysa will grow to heights of four to six metres, often topping sixty centimetres a year in growth. The canes will expand over two to four centimetres, making them thick, sturdy and highly desirable.
How Hardy is Phyllostachys Aurea Holochrysa?
Phyllostachys Aurea Holochrysa is very hardy, surviving sub-zero temperatures of -20 as well as drought conditions. It prefers shelter from constant chilling and drying winds.
How To Use Phyllostachys Aurea Holochrysa
Gardeners may be wary of bamboo because they consider it invasive. Bamboo does grow quickly, and it often spreads via suckers, but it can be easily controlled with a bamboo barrier. Bamboo barriers are tough but flexible membranes dug into the earth to prevent rhizomes spreading.
Phyllostachys Aurea Holochrysa is a tall upright bamboo that makes an excellent lemony-yellow privacy screen or living wall in larger areas. Smaller gardens can easily incorporate the sound and movement of desirable bamboos by growing them in containers. Phyllostachys Aurea Holochrysa is happy in a pot if it’s given enough water in the dry spells.
To make the most of your bamboo, strip back the lower leaves to expose the golden yellow ‘legs’ of the culms.
Planting golden bamboo near a seating area or path makes the most of its relaxing rustle and sea-like waves. Bamboo is perhaps an unusual choice for a wildlife-friendly garden, but birds enjoy the dense canes and foliage.
How To Care For Phyllostachys Aurea Holochrysa
Golden Bamboo is attractive and tough. It looks exotic, but can withstand UK climates with ease. Younger specimens need shelter from cold drying winds, and older bamboos will look better for some wind protection in constantly winds so don’t plant them in exposed areas.
Golden bamboo will grow in sun or partial shade, but you will notice a deeper golden tone on sun-exposed specimens. It likes deep soil that is not too chalky but manages in most soil conditions.
To keep your golden bamboo looking tidy, cut out any old or damaged canes, or any that are bent or spindly. If flowers appear cut them off as the sap the plant’s energy.
Golden Bamboo is a great choice for any sized garden, and it’s easily contained with a bamboo barrier. If you’re looking for more than flowers, choose golden bamboo to delight all the senses.
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