A very colourful and very hardy bamboo with a mass of strongly upright, golden-yellow culms that have an alternating green groove (sulcus), and occasionally have a zigzag base. The culms temporarily blush red on the sunny side, and the foliage is rich green. Potentially running, so use rhizome barrier if needed, which is easy and straightforward to install. To about 4.5m tall. Best in sun or light shade.