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PlantFiles: Golden Vivax
Phyllostachys vivax 'Aureocaulis'

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phyllostachys (fy-lo-STAK-iss) (Info)
Species: vivax (VY-vaks) (Info)
Cultivar: Aureocaulis

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

over 40 ft. (12 m)

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USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive victorengel On Sep 16, 2010, victorengel from Austin, TX wrote:

Definitely a runner. The one I bought didn't shoot the first year, but the second year, shoots emerged about 10 feet away from where I'd planted it. I don't think I'd call that a well-behaved runner. I'm OK with it because its playground is surrounded by a bamboo barrier.

Positive lockej On Aug 20, 2008, lockej from Portland, OR wrote:

Slow to start from a 5-gallon container. Took 3 years to attain a dozen 25 ft. stalks from an original 4 culms. Classified as a running bamboo it has a very well-behaved clumping habit. I initially dug a 10 inch deep trench around a eight-foot circle and 2 times a year I spade around it to chop off any culms sneaking across the trench. So far, so good. The new stalks are becoming thicker (from less than 1 inch in the beginning to 1-1/2 to 2 inches now). Planted in 2002.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Santa Barbara, California
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Portland, Oregon
Austin, Texas
Vancouver, Washington

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