Variegated Elephant bush - Portulacaria afra variegata - succulent plant shipped in a 6.5cm pot


Portulacaria afra variegata succulent plant shipped in a 6.5cm pot

Commonly known as Variegated Elephant bush

Similar in size and shape to the ones in the photos

Shipped in a rigid box after being well packed


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

Colour: Green / White

Country/Region of Manufacture: Malta

Safety: Pet Safe

Plant Form: Plant

Type: Cacti & Succulents,Houseplants,Shrubs, Bushes & Hedges

Growth Habit: Bushy

Number in Pack: 1

Features: Evergreen

Growth Stage: Vegetative

Climate: Dry

Sunlight: Indirect Bright Light,Full Sun,Low Sun,Medium Sun

Genus: Portulacaria

Foliage: Evergreen

Indoor/Outdoor: Indoor & Outdoor

Common Name: dwarf jade plant, porkbush

Brand: Portulacaria Afra

Watering: Light

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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