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Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr' (Bamboo)

Bambusa glaucescens 'Alphonse Karr', Clump-Forming Bamboo


A sought after selection, Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr' (Bamboo) is a medium-sized evergreen bamboo with tall, upright, bright golden-yellow canes, up to 2 in. wide (5 cm), with random green stripes and panel. When exposed to bright sunlight, the golden color of the culms turns orange-red, becoming a deeper golden-yellow with age. Young shoots emerging from the ground are tinged with pink. The fine, luxuriant, green leaves, up to 7 in. (18 cm), display occasionally a thin creamy-yellow stripe. Brightening up the dullest corners of the garden, this non-invasive bamboo makes a wonderful container plant and is an excellent choice for a privacy screen. Hardiness: 23 to 14ºF (-5 to -10ºC).

  • Grows up to 10-30 ft. tall (3-9 m).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, it is best grown in fertile, moist soils. Drought tolerant once established, it can survive almost any condition, even high winds and sea salt.
  • Great choice for hedges and screens and containers.
  • Virtually disease free. Keep an eye out for aphids, cottony scales and bamboo borer.
  • Remove weak, dead, damaged or spindly stems in spring and thin to show off stems to best effect. Cut out any flowering shoots promptly to discourage more from forming.
  • Propagate by division or take cuttings of sections of young rhizomes in spring
  • Native to China

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 10
Heat Zones 1 – 11
Plant Type Bamboos
Plant Family Bamboos
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 10' – 30' (3m – 9m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Salt
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 10
Heat Zones 1 – 11
Plant Type Bamboos
Plant Family Bamboos
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 10' – 30' (3m – 9m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Salt
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden

Great Plant Combination Ideas with Bamboos

Guides with Bamboos

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