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Pest Information

Golden Bamboo

Golden Bamboo

  • Latin Name: Phyllostachys Aurea
  • Common Name: Golden Bamboo
  • Other Names: N/A

Pest Details

Golden Bamboo

Origin:

Native to eastern Asia, but introduced as an ornamental plant. It can be found in landscape or along roadsides in many states with warm climates, including California and Oregon as well as most of the southeast states from Louisiana to Florida and north to Maryland.

Biology:

This is a highly invasive, rapidly spreading bamboo that quickly overruns landscape and crowds out other plants. It is a perennial that spreads by extensive, long ranging rhizomes that produce sprouts up to 20 feet or more from the parent plants. These thick spikes create an unsightly problem in surrounding turf, and the one inch thick rhizomes create uneven turf and difficulties in mowing. It is, however, commonly sold as a landscape plant to create wind breaks or barriers.

Identification:

Mature plants can be up to 20 feet in height in dense clumps. The stems are woody and yellowish in color, often with the internodes close together on the lower stems. Leaves are light green to yellowish green, flattened and lance shaped, and up to 6 inches long.

Characteristicts Important to Control:

When planted in landscape it must be planted with a containment barrier to prevent the rhizomes from spreading laterally. When control is necessary a systemic herbicide will effectively kill the parent plants, but the potentially extensive system of rhizomes will need attention for, possibly, years in the future.

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