Alluaudia procera, Madagascar Ocotillo, Madagascan Ocotillo, African Ocotillo

Alluaudia procera

Madagascar Ocotillo, Madagascan Ocotillo, African Ocotillo
Family: Didiereaceae
Origin: Madagascar
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterThorny or spiny

This deciduous small to medium-sized plant grows up to 10-20 feet tall and is native to Madagascar. Its trunk and branches are covered with spiny, stiff, closely-set leaves and often twisted. Its bark is dark brown and its leaves show an array of colors including green and grey-green. Its flowers, which appear in late spring and fade in late summer, are small and white in color.

Alluaudia procera is a drought tolerant tree and prefers moderate water, once a week during the summer and then decreasing frequency during cooler months. When watering, ensure good drainage so that the soil does not become waterlogged. This small tree is frost hardy and will survive a few degrees below freezing for a short period of time. It is best to plant this tree in USDA Zone 9-11.

To successfully grow Alluaudia procera, it needs full sun to semi-shade in hotter climates and prefers well drained soil that can retain moisture during dry weather. The plant requires less water during the winter and can survive in a pot or planter. For colder regions, it is best to keep the plant in a pot that can be moved to a warmer area during freezing temperatures.

Alluaudia procera is a stunning small tree that can be enjoyed in warmer climates or grown indoors as a houseplant. With a minimal amount of care, it will reward its owners with its unique twisted trunk and small white flowers.

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