Common Name: Alphonse Karr
Scientific Name: Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr'
Typical Height: 20' OA
Culms: 1" Diam
Branches: Equal, lower part leaveles
Habit: Fairly erect tight clump
Leaves: Small, bluish on the btm
Alphonse Karr Bamboo or Bambusa multiplex ‘Alphonse Karr’ is a clumping bamboo. A clumping bamboo forms a tight beautiful clump and will not run. In addition to that, it is also a fast growing bamboo variety.
The Alphonse Karr Bamboo is very easy to maintain and very colorful with its bright green leaves and its golden culms (canes) with green stripes.
Alphonse Karr can reach average heights of 20’OA. When planting, the recommended spacing should be between 8 to 10 feet, as it will grow into one another. This bamboo is one of the best, most commonly used hedge bamboo cultivated around the world. As far as privacy screens or tall hedges, the Alphonse Karr is a great choice because of the height and width they reach. The culms grow up to 1” in diameter, which is another reason why this bamboo makes a great hedge, because it is easy to trim and maintain.
This Bambusa multiplex variety can also be used as a focal point in a planter or island by light trimming and maintenance. You may also want to use this bamboo in a decorative container as well.
The Alphonse Karr one of the taller multiplex varieties, and is also drought tolerant once established and can survive in almost any condition. This Bambusa multiplex enjoys full sun to partial shade. When the clums are exposed to bright sunlight they will have a slight magenta tint. It can withstand temperatures down to 15 degrees Fahrenheit but thrives in hot climates.
This bamboo would do well from Florida’s east coast up to the Carolina Coast and along the Gulf Coast to Texas.
The origin of the Alphonse Karr is Yangtze Valley, China.
Call Palmco today at 239-283-1329 and ask us about this gorgeous, colorful, clumping bamboo.