Alphonse Karr
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Bambusa multiplex Alphonse Karr

From: Yangtze Valley, China

Characteristics
Grows to 8 m, 35 mm diameter. Striking yellow culms striped green having upright growth (It's like a sky rocket going off.) New culms in Summer and Autumn, shed their sheaths revealing a deep pink. Exposure to sunshine subsequently turns the culms bright yellow.

Use
As a feature plant or a privacy screen.
Check out the Dragonfly Restaurant in Double Bay where Alphonse Karr provides privacy for thankful diners.

Requirements
Will tolerate temperatures down to -9 degrees Celsius (16 deg F).

Trimming keeps Alphonse looking special. It really appreciates an annual trim. Remove unwanted culms.  Trim to height as required.  Do it mid-winter as growth has finished for the year and the new culms have hardened up.

How fast?
Food and water well and Alphonso will grow from 1/2 m in spring, to 3 metres, end of summer.


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