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​​​​​Golden Hawaiian Bamboo

  • ​Common Name: Golden Hawaiian Bamboo (other common names: Painted Bamboo, Striped Bamboo 'Vittata')
  • Scientific Name: Bambusa vulgaris ‘Vittata’
  • Family Name: Poaceae
  • Origin: China and Japan
  • Height: over 40’
  • Width: over 40’
  • Growth: fast (grow to its full height in less than two months!!!)
  • Zone: 9A - 11
  • Light Needs: Full Sun
  • Salt Tolerance:  low, can tolerate some salt spray when planted close the beach
  • Soil/PH/Texture: loam soils that are acidic – neutral (pH 5.6 – 7.5)
  • Soil Moisture: prefers consistent moisture, do not let dry out between watering’s.
  • Drought Tolerance: extremely drought tolerant once it is established
  • Pests/Diseases: usually pest and disease free, watch for mealybugs, scales and aphids and most fungal diseases are caused from too much water or lack of watering.
  • Growing Conditions: easy to grow and low maintenance and non-evasive.
  • Characteristics: known as painted or clumping bamboo, this decorative bamboo has decorative golden stems that look as if they are painted with green stripes and have narrow lance-shaped leaves up to 8” long.
  • Propagation: by dividing the root ball, rhizomes (cuttings), tubers, bulbs, or offsets.
  • Wildlife: unknown
  • Facts: one of the most cultivated tropical bamboos in the world, one of the last reported flowering and seed-setting was way back in 1873. Water taken from the boiled shoots is also used as a medicine. The culms have been used for poles in light construction or in making furniture, also used to make baskets, or used as tv-antenna posts (in Central America).
  • Designer Considerations: use as a border, privacy screen, hedge, focal point specimen plant, erosion control, or as a container plant for your patio or deck.

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Golden Hawaiian Bamboo