Madagascar Palm

Pachypodium geayi

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.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical Pronunciationpak-uh-PO-dee-um GAY-ee
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 10 to 13 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeMature plants bloom in late spring to summer.
Deciduous/ EvergreenSemi-evergreen
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleMediterranean
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseContainer, Rock Garden, Specimen
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureAttractive Bark, Easy Care, Gift Plant, Waterwise
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsBird of Paradise (Strelitzia); Natal Plum (Carissa macrocarpa); Cape Honeysuckle (Tecomaria capensis); Aloe (Aloe hybrids); African Iris (Dietes)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 10-11

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