Phyllostachys aurea 'Dr. Don'
- Height: 15 - 26 feet (4.6 - 8m)
- Max. Diameter: 1.5" (4cm)
- Hardiness: -20°C (-4°F)
- USDA Zone: 6a
- Light: Full Sun
Phyllostachys aurea 'Dr. Don' is a cultivar that was established from seed when Phyllostachys aurea 'Albovariegata' went into flower in the late 1990's. 'Dr. Don' is unique in it's way that the new culms are blue in colour. New shoots are coated with a white wax which gives off a nice blue glow.
Regular Phyllostachys aurea will sometimes emerge with bluish new shoots but are not as bright nor does it retain the blue hue as long as 'Dr. Don'. The blue tint will generally last for about 8 months from spring to fall. In the winter, the blue culms will fade to a nice emerald green.
Phyllostachys aurea 'Dr. Don' is named in honor of the bamboo collector Dr. Don Emenhiser of Corvallis, Oregon, USA. A beautiful specimen for those seeking a blue bamboo that is more hardy. Currently a very rare specimen.
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The blue coloration on a new culms.
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Closeup of the blue hue of a distorted culm.