Golden bamboo has dispersed throughout the southeast, including in North Carolina. It is most common in moist, open forests. It spreads through rhizomes and forms dense thickets.
Golden bamboo is a woody grass that can grow as high as 30’. The stems are hollow (1 – 6” diameter) and green or yellow. Leaves grow in clusters (2 – 3” long), are lance-shaped and alternately arranged on the stem.
Fact Sheet: Golden Bamboo
Photo credit: James R. Allison, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Bugwood.org