Painted Bamboo, Striped Bamboo, Golden Hawaiian Bamboo
Bambusa vulgaris 'Vittata'

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Bambusa (bam-BOO-suh) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Vittata

Category:

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Height:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Hardiness:

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)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

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

This plant is monocarpic

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Huntsville, Alabama

Encino, California

Los Angeles, California

San Luis Obispo, California

Santa Barbara, California

Ventura, California

Boca Raton, Florida

Bradenton, Florida

Edgewater, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Miami, Florida

Mulberry, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Valrico, Florida

Winter Springs, Florida

Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaii

Kurtistown, Hawaii

Abbeville, Louisiana

Covington, Louisiana

Austin, Texas

Houston, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

6
positives
2
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Feb 18, 2011, ricshaw from Ventura, CA wrote:

Paul Spillane wrote:
> "Golden Bamboo is (was) a chimera.. it was discovered in a clump of
> regular bamboo, in about the last decade of the 1800's and has spread all
> over the world by people dividing up the plant. In other words, (according
> to him), ALL GOLDEN bamboo is a clone of that original piece (much like a
> Naval Orange).

Some or most of that may be true. Vulgaris Vittata is just the variegated form of Bambusa vulgaris which actual origins may not be known.

> Now,according to him, ALL bamboo takes close to a hundred
> years to flower, and after it does, the plant dies.
> Therefore, in around the first few years of 2000,
>
> ALL GOLDEN BAMBOO WILL DIE!!! (I was so impressed with this ... read more

Neutral

On Jan 17, 2011, pds90 from Clearlake, CA wrote:

> In my landscaping class,(many years ago) my instructor told me something
> that has always stuck with, and amazed me - To wit:
>
> "Golden Bamboo is (was) a chimera.. it was discovered in a clump of
> regular bamboo, in about the last decade of the 1800's and has spread all
> over the world by people dividing up the plant. In other words, (according
> to him), ALL GOLDEN bamboo is a clone of that original piece (much like a
> Naval Orange). Now,according to him, ALL bamboo takes close to a hundred
> years to flower, and after it does, the plant dies. Therefore, in around
> the first few years of 2000,
>
> ALL GOLDEN BAMBOO WILL DIE!!! (I was so impressed with this statement, I
> have all ways remembered ... read more

Positive

On Apr 18, 2010, ByronC from Jacksonville Beach, FL wrote:

My golden Hawaiian was doing great, approx 25 feet tall, then we experienced a number of freezing nights. They look like they are dying form the top down. What should I do?
ByronC

Positive

On May 31, 2007, Anjana from Delhi
India wrote:

I had this bamboo in a pot for 3 years (in Delhi, India, mostly a hot climate) where its growth remained stagnant.. I planted it in the common society garden behind my house in partial shade.. the culms now stand 30 ft tall providing a beautiful green view from both above (I live in a 3rd floor flat that looks down upon the clump) and below. The bamboos are regularly harvested by poor folk for use in their huts..

Positive

On Jan 1, 2007, FloridaGrower from Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

One of the most beautiful colored culms in bamboo. Like many other cultivars of bamboo, cut out old culms to get it to increase it culm diameter on the new shoots, and to keep it in check. Even though it is a clumper, its footprint can get pretty big. Very nice, especially if put in contrast to others types like Timor black.

Positive

On Mar 16, 2005, JARCAN from Sarasota, FL wrote:

The picture "PAINTED BAMBOO-SARASOTA, FL." is a picture of the Painted Bamboo we planted at our home in 1999. We paid $125 for three pencil size shoots of the plant. We almost didn't buy it, the man who was selling the plants told us that if in one year if we didn't like it he would come out to the house and dig it up and give us our money back. How could we loose? "IS THE FOCAL POINT" of the waterside area of our home. It sheds a great deal here in Sarasota, Fl, it may do so any where it grows but the faults of the plant well pale in comparison to the beauty.

JARCAN,
SARASOTA, FL.

Positive

On Jun 5, 2004, CAROBZ from Melbourne, FL wrote:

Just moved into an existing property w/one acre of land; rear of property has a clump of painted bamboo, along w/other bamboo varieties here & there (clump area approx. 5' x 25' & 40' high). The bamboo area has been originally contained by an elevated bed w/rock surrounding it. Some lawn areas nearby have very small scattered clumps of new bamboo, which I plan to contain as well. What a fabulous and attractive screening this makes, esp. since our neighbors in the rear of us have horses, stalls, campers, etc. hidden by the bamboo. Love the sound of the bamboo when wind rustles it. Very anxious to learn all I can about bamboo. Thank you for your educational site.

Positive

On Jul 21, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Sometimes known as striped bamboo, this species has highly ornamental culms- yellow with irregular green striping. It produces large culms that arch over. They make a pretty dense shade and can make a huge mess with their leaves (as can all bamboo). The culms are not too straight and not that useful for construction unless cut into short pieces. It is one of the more sturdy bamboos in terms of culture, though, and grows with very little care, water or fertilizer, still looking quite good. But ants will bring mealy bug and scale so need to be controlled. The roots are very tough and can lift up pavement, so careful where you plant this one.