Photo copyright: Jed Doty, 1997


our 1 gallon stock of Alphonse Karr


Photo copyright: Ned Jaquith, 2005
Susanne Lucas and Dave Flanagan standing next to one of the largest
 "Alphonse Karr" we have ever seen
, Mercer Arboretum, Houston, TX.

Bambusa multiplex
'Alphonse Karr'
Common Name: Alphonse Karr

Maximum Height: 30 feet
Container Height: 12 to 20 feet
Diameter: 1.5 inches
Hardiness: 15 F
Recommended for USDA zone 9a - 10

The culms on this bamboo are golden with random green stripes of variable width. The golden color of the culms takes on a magenta cast when exposed to bright sunlight, as visible on the large culm in this picture. This bamboo makes a wonderful container plant. It, like other forms of Bambusa multiplex, are among the best bamboos for a well lit area indoors. Bambusas generally grow a very tight cluster of canes, and 'Alphonse Karr' is no exception, making it an excellent choice for a privacy screen where a clumping bamboo is desired. Tolerance of full sun makes it versatile, though the canes will show significant die back in the winter if exposed to temperature colder than 20 F.

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