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Arundo donax 'Golden Chain' (Giant reed 'Golden Chain')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.5m
Max height
1.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Arundo donax 'Golden Chain'

Other names

Giant reed 'Golden Chain'

Genus

Arundo Arundo

Variety or Cultivar

'Golden Chain' _ 'Golden Chain' is a vigorous, clump-forming, rhizomatous, evergreen, perennial grass with thick, sturdy stems bearing arching, broadly linear, golden-yellow and green striped leaves. Feathery panicles of small, pale green to purple flower spikelets bloom in autumn.


Arundo donax 'Golden Chain' is: Deciduous

Habit

Arching, Clump-forming, Spreading

Flower

Insignificant or absent, Flushed purple in Autumn

Foliage

Striped, Mid-green, Golden-yellow in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Cut stems down every other year to encourage flowering. Remove leaves when they die back in autumn.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Arundo donax 'Golden Chain' (Giant reed 'Golden Chain') will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 1.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Beds and borders, City, Cottage/Informal, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean

Cultivation

Prefers moist conditions in full sun with shelter from strong winds. Will tolerate most soils. Considered an invasive species in a number of introduced areas. Listed on the Wildlife Order (Northern Ireland) as an invasive non-native species.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Arundo donax 'Golden Chain'

Other names

Giant reed 'Golden Chain'

Genus

Arundo Arundo

Variety or Cultivar

'Golden Chain' _ 'Golden Chain' is a vigorous, clump-forming, rhizomatous, evergreen, perennial grass with thick, sturdy stems bearing arching, broadly linear, golden-yellow and green striped leaves. Feathery panicles of small, pale green to purple flower spikelets bloom in autumn.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Arching, Clump-forming, Spreading


Colour

Flower

Insignificant or absent, Flushed purple in Autumn

Foliage

Striped, Mid-green, Golden-yellow in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Cut stems down every other year to encourage flowering. Remove leaves when they die back in autumn.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Arundo donax 'Golden Chain' (Giant reed 'Golden Chain') will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 1.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Beds and borders, City, Cottage/Informal, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean

Cultivation

Prefers moist conditions in full sun with shelter from strong winds. Will tolerate most soils. Considered an invasive species in a number of introduced areas. Listed on the Wildlife Order (Northern Ireland) as an invasive non-native species.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

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