Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Spectabilis' | Golden Groove bamboo - Height 180-200cm - 10lt

Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Spectabilis' | Golden Groove bamboo - Height 180-200cm - 10lt

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Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Spectabilis,' commonly known as Spectabilis bamboo or Golden Groove bamboo, is a visually captivating and highly sought-after bamboo variety. It belongs to the Poaceae family and is native to China. This stunning bamboo cultivar is renowned for its striking appearance and impressive growth habits.

One of the most notable features of Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Spectabilis' is its vibrant coloration. The culms, or stems, of this bamboo variety are a brilliant golden-yellow hue with distinctive green stripes. These bright culms create a visually stunning contrast against the surrounding landscape, making it a popular choice for ornamental purposes.

In addition to its striking appearance, 'Spectabilis' bamboo is known for its vigorous growth. Under optimal conditions, it can reach heights of up to 30 feet, forming dense clumps that provide excellent privacy screening and windbreaks. The culms typically have a diameter of 2 to 3 inches, adding to their impressive presence in the garden.

This bamboo variety thrives in full sun to partial shade and prefers well-drained soil. It is adaptable to a wide range of soil types, including clay, loam, and sandy soils. However, it is important to ensure regular watering, especially during dry spells, to maintain optimal growth and health.

Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Spectabilis' is known for its fast growth rate, making it an excellent choice for those seeking a relatively quick privacy screen or decorative element in their landscape. However, its vigorous growth habit also requires diligent containment measures to prevent it from spreading beyond the desired area. Installing a barrier, such as a rhizome barrier, can help control the plant's spread.

Overall, Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Spectabilis' is a visually stunning and fast-growing bamboo variety that adds a touch of elegance and exoticism to any garden or landscape. Its vibrant yellow culms with green stripes, coupled with its vigorous growth and adaptability, make it a popular choice among bamboo enthusiasts and landscape designers alike.

  • Common Name

    Golden Groove bamboo

  • Family


  • Type

    evergreen bamboo

  • Pot Size


  • Height (cm)


  • Native To


  • Flower

    rarely flowering

  • Foliage

    long, narrow, linear-lanceolate, light-green to golden-green leaves

  • Maturation period

    5–10 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height


Mature Width


Shape / habit


Preferred Location


South–facing or West–facing, sheltered

Soil Type

acid, alkaline, neutral, full sun, partial shade

Soil moisture

moist but well–drained

Growing Period


rarely flowering


all year


rarely fruiting

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