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Portulacaria Genus

Elephant bush

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Portulacaria genus (Elephant bush). This genus consists of evergreen or semi-evergreen succulent shrubs. They will produce tiny pink flowering clusters, which are followed by tiny pinkish, 3-cornered berries.

Characteristics

Perennials, Semi-evergreens or Evergreens, Shrubs or Succulents

Origin

S. Africa

Interest and use

Grown for its foliage and overall appearance.

Cultivation

They are frost tender with a minimum temperature of 7-10C. You should grow them in well-drained soil in sun or shade.

Propagation

You can propagate from cuttings in the summer or from seed.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to scale insects.

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