Botanical Name: Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr'
 Common Name: Alphonse Karr Bamboo
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Shrub, Bamboo


Height Range

6-12', 12-25'


Flower Color


Flower Season


Leaf Color

Light Green


Bark Color


Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half, Shade



Low, Medium, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Japanese, Tropical


Accenting Features

Silhouette, Unusual Shape


Seasonal Interest


Location Uses

Background, Entry, Foundation


Special Uses

Container, Screen, Mass Planting


Attracts Wildlife

Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor

Photographer: Richard Devine

  • Description

  • Notes

This bamboo will grow to 35' and makes a wonderful container plant. The culms are golden and green striped, and the gold gets a magenta tint when exposed to bright sunlight. Avail. in 5G., 15G., 24" Box
Planting Instructions: 1. Dig a hole 2 times the width and 1 and 1/2 times the height of the container. 2. Set rootball at ground level. 3. Prepare soil mix of equal parts soil and soil amendment. 4. Backfill with amended soil. 5. Build Basin and water.