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Bambusa vulgaris 'Vittata' (Painted Bamboo)

Painted Bamboo, Golden Hawaiian Bamboo, Bambusa vulgaris 'Striata', Clump-Forming Bamboo


One of the most cultivated ornamental bamboos, Bambusa vulgaris 'Vittata' (Painted Bamboo) is a large evergreen bamboo with arching golden-yellow canes, up to 3 in. wide (7 cm), randomly marked with narrow and broad green stripes. The canes hold up several to many clustered branches, often striped, and adorned with narrow lance-shaped leaves, up to 8 in. long (20 cm). Widely planted as an ornamental bamboo, this non-invasive bamboo makes a wonderful hedge or privacy screen. Good for erosion control. Hardiness: 27ºF (-3ºC).

  • Grows up to 40-60 ft. tall (12-18 m).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, it is best grown in fertile, moist soils .
  • Virtually disease free. Keep an eye out for aphids, cottony scales and bamboo borer.
  • Remove weak, dead, damaged or spindly stems in spring and thin to show off stems to best effect. Cut out any flowering shoots promptly to discourage more from forming.
  • Propagate by division or take cuttings of sections of young rhizomes in spring
  • Bambusa vulgaris species is native to Asia. It can form dense thickets that displace native species. Once this plant is established, it is difficult to remove. 
  • Find where this species is invasive in the United States.
  • Discover beautiful U.S. native plant alternatives.

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 12
Plant Type Bamboos
Plant Family Bamboos
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 40' – 60' (12m – 18m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Hedges and Screens

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 12
Plant Type Bamboos
Plant Family Bamboos
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 40' – 60' (12m – 18m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Hedges and Screens

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