Photos of Hawaiian Gold Timber Bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris vittata)

Jenny stands next to a mature stand of Hawaiian Gold

New shoots emerge from the ground the same diameter that they will be when mature.  No matter what size cane emerges, it will grow to its full height in less than two months.  That's fast enough to measure the growth day-by-day


  1. how big around will this clump get over time? i would love to try this variety but dont want it to take over the area...

    1. The clump will reach maturity in three to five years, and can grow 1/2 foot to 1 foot in a circular pattern per year. You can maintain the growth of the plant by trimming new canes each year. Since Hawaiian Gold is a clumping bamboo, it is much easier to maintain the size than a running variety.