Large tropical bamboo native to SE Asia. Yellow stripes on the lower culms and large 16 to 18 inch long leaves. Very ornamental but also used for edible shoots and timber. Likes moist tropical growing conditions. Culms can reach over 80 ft. tall and about 8 inches in diameter under good conditions. Prefers slightly acidic soils high in organic matter. Mulch and fertilizer will speed growth. Outdoors in Zones 10 to 11. Next batch ready summer/fall 2012.