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Alphonse Karr Bamboo

Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr'

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Alphonse Karr Bamboo (Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr') at The Home And Garden Center

Alphonse Karr Bamboo bark

Alphonse Karr Bamboo bark

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Alphonse Karr Bamboo (Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr') at The Home And Garden Center

Alphonse Karr Bamboo foliage

Alphonse Karr Bamboo foliage

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Alphonse Karr Bamboo (Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr') at The Home And Garden Center

Alphonse Karr Bamboo foliage

Alphonse Karr Bamboo foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  30 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  8

Other Names:  Clumping Bamboo

Description:

A graceful, tall species of bamboo with a tight clumping habit of growth, making it perfectly suited for privacy screens; culms are bright yellow with green stripes and mature to a coppery brown; ideal for containers and well lit indoor enviroments

Ornamental Features

Alphonse Karr Bamboo's attractive narrow compound leaves emerge yellow in spring, turning light green in color the rest of the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The coppery-bronze stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.

Landscape Attributes

Alphonse Karr Bamboo is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Alphonse Karr Bamboo is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Alphonse Karr Bamboo will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Alphonse Karr Bamboo is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
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Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Applications
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Bark 
Ornamental Features