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Products > Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonso-Karr'
 
Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonso-Karr' - Alphonse Karr Bamboo
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Bamboo
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae) (Grasses)
Origin: China (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [B. glaucescens 'Alphonse Karrii' ]
Height: 15-25 feet
Width: Clumping
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonso-Karr' (Alphonse Karr Bamboo) - A dense, clumping bamboo that grows to 25-35 feet with stems that are 1 inch in diameter. Branches at culm nodes from base to the top. New canes have a pink cast - with age the canes and branches are striped green on yellow. One of the best screen or hedge bamboos. Plant in full sun to light shade. Hardy to 12 degrees F. First described as Bambusa alphonso-karrii' in 1896 in The Bamboo Garden (A.B. Mitford, The Bamboo Garden, Macmillian & Co., London and New York ). It has also been known as Bambusa 'Alphonse Karri', Bambusa nana var. normalis f. alphonso-karrii, Bambusa nana f. alphonso-karrii, Bambusa multiplex var. normalis f. alphonso-karrii, Leleba multiplex f. alphonse karri, Bambusa glaucescens 'Alphonse Karr Young' and Bambusa glaucescens 'Alphons Karr'. The valid name as described in The Bamboos of the World, ( Orhnberger, D, Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, 1999) is Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonso-Karrii' with the common name listed as Alphonse Karr Bamboo. Who was Alphonse Karr - It might be best to find the 1886 publication to verify this but in The Book of Bamboo (Farrelly, David, The Book of Bamboo, Sierra Club Books, 1984.) it is noted that the name Alphonse Karr Young honors a 19th century French botanist-novelist.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Bambusa mult. 'Alphonso-Karr'.
 
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