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Overnight, green and brown shoots burst through fallen leaves. Springtime.
East China, introduced in Taiwan and in Japan long ago.
This bamboo cannot be mistaken thanks to the compacted nodes at the base of some of the culms. It has a tough nature and dense foliage. The colour of the plant is green. However when grown in the sun it has a golden hue about it, hence its name. It grows 7 m. or so with a culm diameter of 35mm.
I have found it growing in troughs on the balconies of high rise accommodation. Seen it Downtown Sydney at Renzo's place. In Brisbane's China Town, no pic, but trust me, people dine oblivious to street hordes not one meter away, hidden by a dense and hardy screen of well maintained Golden Bamboo.
Withstands -20 degrees celsius but the foliage is damaged by -12 degrees celsius in a cold, dry wind. Trim the top to maintain your preferred height, this will encourage dense foliage lower down the culm.
Its dense foliage from top to bottom forms a wall of greenery.
In China, culms are eaten fresh or dried.
In Sydney, we have a big Chinese community. I was once installing bamboo in the garden of a wealthy family and the lady owner proudly showed me a freezer full of aurea shoots in freezer bags. Excited and whispering she described how early on Spring mornings she would go to a grove on public land and steal the shoots.
As Golden Bamboo is a pest plant growing in many areas of the city, she had no difficulty in obtaining enough shoots for a continuous supply. Remember, spring time.
How fast will it grow?
Of course, growth rate depends a lot on soil, climate, food and water.
Small plants are slow to get going, so starting off with a bigger plant will get you there much faster.
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