Portulacaria Afra Elephant Bush plant in a 6.5 cm pot
Shipped in a rigid box
Similar in size and shape as the ones in the photos approx 5-6 inches high
It is a soft-wooded, semi-evergreen upright shrub or small tree, usually 2.5–4.5 metres (8–15 ft) tall. Similar in appearance to the unrelated "jade plant" Crassula ovata (family Crassulaceae), P. afra has smaller and rounder pads and more compact growth (shorter internodal spaces, down to 1.5 mm). It is much hardier, faster growing, more loosely branched, and has more limber tapering branches than Crassula once established.
Within the genus Portulacaria, it has been shown to be an outlier, relatively unrelated to the other species in the genus, which are all restricted to small ranges in the arid far west of southern Africa.
Distribution and habitat
It is very widespread in the east of South Africa (including Swaziland). In this moist climate, it is relatively rare, and tends to favour dryer rocky outcrops and slopes.
It is also found in much denser numbers in the dryer southern Cape. Here it occurs from the "Little Karoo" of the Western Cape, eastwards up until the thicket vegetation of the Eastern Cape. Spekboom is found most prolifically in the Albany thickets, a woodland ecoregion, which locally is often called noorsveld, after the high number of succulent Euphorbia species, which are often called noors plants.
Cultivation and uses
Prostrata" decumbent variety
In the wilds of South Africa, large plants do survive the winter frosts by growing dense enough to provide their own natural cover. Drought-tolerant and fire-resistant, it will endure desert sun and heat once established, which the jade plant will not.<P> Cuttings root very easily in most potting media
Country/Region of Manufacture: Malta
Safety: Pet Safe
Plant Form: Cutting/Leaf
Type: Cacti & Succulents,Houseplants,Shrubs, Bushes & Hedges
Growth Habit: Bushy
Number in Pack: 2
Growth Stage: Vegetative
Sunlight: Indirect Bright Light,Full Sun,Low Sun,Medium Sun
Indoor/Outdoor: Indoor & Outdoor
Common Name: dwarf jade plant, porkbush
Brand: Portulacaria Afra
Hardiness Rating (RHS): H1b (10 to 15 °C)
Plant Type: Succulent
Season of Interest: Autumn,Spring,Summer,Winter
Species: Portulacaria Afra
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