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Portulacaria afra

Elephant Bush

Elephant Bush

Exposure

  • Sun
  • Partial shade

  • Small shrub
  • Fleshy leaves
  • Succulent
  • Easy care
  • Non-toxic

The Afra portulacaria is often confused with the crassula ovata (Jade tree), because they look very similar. However, portulacaria has smaller, thinner leaves. Its stem is reddish brown, it supports pruning well and branches, which makes it a good bonsai. The Elephant Bush likes to be placed directly in the sun, and you can wait for it to dry completely before watering it abundantly. It can grow up to 1.2m indoors. It produces small, pale pink flowers in clusters. However, it rarely flowers under our conditions, and the best way to make it flower is to neglect it a little. It flowers during periods of heat and drought. It is therefore necessary to recreate its conditions.

Plant details

Dimensions

Spacing
- cm
Spread
16 - 38 cm
Height
58 - 119 cm
Spacing
- in.
Spread
7 - 15 in.
Height
23 - 47 in.

Characteristics

Habit:

  • Shrub like

Flowering colours:

  • Light pink

Plant needs

Watering:

  • Laisser sécher complètement

Maintenance:

  • Easy

Soil requirement:

  • BIen drainé
  • léger
  • terreau pour cactus et plantes grasses

Features

Resistance:

  • Drought

Attract:

Use:

  • Pot
  • Bonsaï
  • Pot Patio

Attribute:

  • Port arbusif

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