Golden Bamboo, Fishpole Bamboo 'Flavescens Inversa'

Phyllostachys aurea

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phyllostachys (fy-lo-STAK-iss) (Info)
Species: aurea (AW-re-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Flavescens Inversa


Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

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)

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

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer


Grown for foliage



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

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

Mountain Home, Arkansas

Vista, California

Palm Bay, Florida

Hinesville, Georgia

Volcano, Hawaii

New Orleans, Louisiana

Abingdon, Maryland

Wilmington, North Carolina

Turner, Oregon

Spring Branch, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 2, 2012, james78070 from SPRING BRANCH, TX wrote:

This bamboo grows well in south central Texas. I live just north of San Antonio and I purchased several from a nursery that were 6 feet tall in summer 2011. Extremely hot and dry that summer so I got them in the ground and watered them regularly. March 2012 the plants are sending up dozens of vigerous shoots that are taller than the original plant! I will have a screen from the view of my neighbors in no time at all.

Word of caution this is considered an invasive plant when grown in hot and wet regions. It is probably one of the most successful bamboo plants in southern US. It can be drought tolerant when established and not grow much during dry years, then will grow like crazy when there is a warm wet spring. I am trying to contain mine but my soil is so rocky if ... read more