• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering 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.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Specimen Plant
    Blooms:
    Mature plants bloom in late spring to summer.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:pak-uh-PO-dee-um GAY-ee
    Plant type:Tree, Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Semi-evergreen
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 10 to 13 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Mature plants bloom in late spring to summer.
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Garden styleMediterranean
    Companion PlantsBird of Paradise (Strelitzia); Natal Plum (Carissa macrocarpa); Cape Honeysuckle (Tecomaria capensis); Aloe (Aloe hybrids); African Iris (Dietes)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide 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:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    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.