Pachypodium geayiItem #30940 USDA Hardiness Zone: 10 - 11
A beautiful and unusual succulent shrub from Madagascar that develops a metallic grey, bottle shaped trunk covered in needles. The trunk is topped by grey-green leaves with a mid-rib that turns bright pink in full sun. Fragrant white flowers with yellow throats appear on mature plants. A frost-tender evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 10 to 13 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:pak-uh-PO-dee-um GAY-eeDeciduous/evergreen:Semi-evergreenGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 10 to 13 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Mature plants bloom in late spring to summer.Flower color:WhiteGarden styleMediterraneanCompanion PlantsBird of Paradise (Strelitzia); Natal Plum (Carissa macrocarpa); Cape Honeysuckle (Tecomaria capensis); Aloe (Aloe hybrids); African Iris (Dietes)
- CareCare InformationProvide very porous, well-drained soil. Shelter from intense afternoon sun in hot, inland regions. Water deeply, regularly during first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system. Once established in the landscape, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought. Requires minimal water during cool winter months.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:Native to southern Madagascar, Pacypodium geayi is commonly called a Madagascar palm, but is actually more closely related to oleander shrubs (Nerium spp.) than true palms.