Capparis micracantha, also known as Capertree or Caper, is a small tree native to Eastern Asia. It typically grows 10-20 ft in height with an upright habit and a spreading canopy. Its branches bear evergreen leaves and white or off-white flowers, which emit a pleasant, fragrant scent. This plant is also an ethnomedical plant, used in traditional healing and steam baths to treat a variety of ailments.
In terms of growing conditions, Capparis micracantha requires full sun and moderate water. The plant is best-suited for USDA Zones 9-11, but can do well in other regions if given the right conditions. One way to grow this plant in cold regions is by potting it. This way, the plant can be brought in or outside as needed, and its root ball can be kept moist in winter months.
When caring for a potted Capparis micracantha, it is important to select a pot with a good drainage hole - one or two depending on the size of the pot - to help prevent root rot. Be sure to use a well-aerated soil mixture, ideally one made for cacti and succulents, and make sure to water the plant regularly, but don't over-water. Additionally, if the plant is placed outdoors, it should be protected from frost so as to not damage the roots. Overall, regular potting, fertilizing, and trimming can help the plant thrive.