Phyllostachys vivax 'Auureocaulis'
(syn. Phyllostachys vivax f. aureocaulis)
An absolutely outstanding large specimen plant or tall screen. Possibly more vigorous than the type.
Tall, hardy, and very impressive. Capable of reaching 20ft. (6m) or more, even as a fairly young plant.
Shiny, golden canes, with occasional green stripes.
The canes are of large diameter for the UK and a diameter of up to 13cm is possible on well established specimens.
Attractive glossy foliage.
Mainly upright growth habit with the canes fairly close to eachother.
The lower parts of the canes are well displayed, with few branches and this effect can be further enhanced by pruning any branches occurring below head height.
Given good growing conditions, it will usually spread slowly to give an open grove which can be especially effective if established close to a downstairs window. However the rate of spread is unpredictable - a ten year plant may either have remained as a large clump or have developed into a grove around 4m across. This difference may be partly dependent upon the local climate and soil and the level of care.
Has tolerated -23C. Hardier than the similar Ph. bambusoides 'Castillonis'.
May sometimes produce canes which have reverted to the inverse pattern of green canes with yellow stripes - see Phyllostachys vivax 'Huanvenzhu' - or to the all green Phyllostachys vivax.
Phyllosyachys vivax 'Huanvenzhu Inversa' is similar to 'Aureocaulis' but is considered to be deeper in colour. Very limited availability for this form at present.
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