Showy Yellow Groove / Crookstem Bamboo Plants

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Misc RHS AGM, Edible Fruit / Nuts
Shade Full Sun, Partial Shade
Area Scotland & The North
Soil Good, Well Drained, Acidic, Alkaline/Chalky, Poor/Dry, Wet
Type Evergreen, Pot Grown, Screening
Also Good Beautiful Bark

Phyllostachys aureosulcata Spectabilis

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Showy Yellow Groove / Crookstem Bamboo Plants

Phyllostachys aureosulcata Spectabilis is a slightly bigger, much bolder version of Golden Crookstem bamboo, with variegated golden-yellow stems striped with mid-green. The new shoots in Spring are a charming pink colour, and are edible.

Browse all of our Bamboo varieties here.

Growing Showy Yellow Groove Bamboo

This variety needs moist soil and likes plenty of organic matter to prevent the roots from drying out: bamboo hates that. It is always essential to water new plants while they establish, but that goes double for bamboo, even if you are planting beside water. Partial shade is fine.

In most of the UK, this variety is clump-forming and will not really send out runners, although mature clumps will expand gradually. However, in warm, sunny, South Western locations with rich, moist soil, it will spread more, so it is worth using an underground barrier if you want to control it.

Harvesting shoots: Allow the plants to establish for a few years before harvesting. When the new spring shoots reach 7-9cm tall, dig down a little in order to slice them off at 5cm below soil level, then replace the soil.


  • Size: 5-6m (less in a container)
  • Stem Colour: Pale yellow with green stripes
  • Growth: Clumping, but can spread in ideal & warm locations
  • Edible shoots, suitable for eating raw
  • Evergreen
  • Honey fungus resistant
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit

Did You Know?

From North-East China, the heart of its native range is Zhejiang Province. At home, it is called jingxiang yuzhu.

Phyllo- is from the Greek phyllon, a leaf (like in chlorophyll), and -stachys refers to the spiked shape. Aureo- means golden, and -sulcata is a groove, referring to the distinctive vertical indentation running up the stem: its less popular common name is Green Sulcus bamboo.

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