Common Name: Alphonse Karr Maximum Height: 24 feet
Container Height: 10 to 16 feet
Diameter: 1.5 inches
Hardiness: 18° 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.
Expected Height: 15 to 25 feet
Diameter: 1.5 inches
Hardiness: 5° F
USDA Zone recommended 7 through 10
Nigra - black bamboo - is the most distinctive of all the Phyllostachys. Its intensely black culms have a deep gloss resembling polished ebony. Seldom reaches over 25 feet in Southern California. When established, it has long culms and masses of frothy foliage. Very pretty, and much used in temple gardens in the East. The creamy shoots emerge late May, and at first are green, turning black through the summer. Prune the lower branches and cut back spindly weak growth. Good as a single specimen in full sun.
A good general perfomer in the garden.
Max. Height: 40 feet
Max. Diameter: 2 inches
Min. Temperature 18°
: 13º F
Grows in tight clumps. An extremely handsome plant that arches gracefully. Medium-sized clumper, non-invasive. The largest cold-tolerant clumper. This bamboo is rare because it's more difficult to propagate than other giant tropicals.
It has been used to weaving (the culms are thin-walled enough that they can be split and woven), but most collect it for its landscape appeal. Native to the Guangxi & Guangdong Provinces in South-east China.
Probable height in Southern California within 3 years = 20-30'
Probable ultimate height in Southern California = 40'
Height in habitat = 55'
If growing in the ground it prefers to grow in full sun.
A clumping bamboo - rhizomes will not run sideways.
Minimum soil depth required for a healthy plant = 1'
Fibrous root system depth in moist soil = 24"
4" maximum cane diameter with thick cane walls. The most common & widely grown giant bamboo in the southwestern U.S. Good landscaping plant, it forms a clump of canes which in August-September grow straight & vertical with relatively short branches & relatively long leaves. Rather easily trimmed as a standard or as a very high, dense hedge.
Plant 4-8 ft on center for a tall hedge in a warm climate. In southern California this plant, if planted in spring & watered generously, will grow from a 5 gallon pot to 4-8' high the 1st year, 10-15' high the 2nd year, 25-35' high the 3rd year, 40' within 10 years. In California oldhamii is often used for screening because of its large leaves and dense foliage.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia....
The Mexican weeping bamboo Otatea acuminata aztecorum is a clumping bamboo found in Mexico and Central America. It produces thick stands of long narrow leaves. The weight of the leaves cause the long thin clums to bend, or weep.
The Mexican Weeping Bamboo is often used in ornamental gardens which receive partial or full sun. It is somewhat drought tolerant, but benefits from occasional watering and feeding. Allow the soil to dry out between watering. Mexican Weeping Bamboo is easily grown in pots to around 6 feet tall, but may achieve 15 feet or more if planted in the ground and regularly fed and watered. A particularly delicate look can be achieved by thinning the culms so that they are spaced a foot or more apart. This allows dappled light to pass through the Mexican Weeping Bamboo, and the plant will sway gracefully in a gentle breeze. It is well suited to the climate and soil in Southern California, and can be successfully grown with minimal effort.
(Slender weavers bamboo)
A beautiful tidy upright bamboo, great for privacy screens or as feature plantings. The smooth clean culms, lush graceful foliage, general hardiness and medium size (22 ft) has made this one of our favorites.
Medium-sized evergreen bamboo with upright, tidy canes, up to 1.5 in. wide, straight clumper growing to about 25 ft- pretty much the perfect height for blocking 1st or 2nd story neighbors.
And just beautiful...The culms of Blue Bamboo are covered in heavy, white powder giving an elegant light "blue" appearance. This is a stunning plant with an unusual coloration for bamboo.
Bambusa chungii (non barbelatta) is a larger variety that grows to 30+ feet in Southern California.
Timor Black Bamboo
An outstanding ornamental species and landscape specimen. A stunning plant from East Timor in the Indonesian Archipelago, this species has shiny black canes with intermittent green stripes.
Grows to about 30 feet in So Cal. Good to 27 degrees according the internet, but in my experience doesn't like cold weather.