Pachypodium sp., Pachypodium. Pachypodium geayi
Pachypodium geayi

Pachypodium sp.

Family: Apocynaceae
Origin: Madagascar
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterYellow, orange flowersRed, crimson, vinous flowersWhite, off-white flowersPink flowersThorny or spiny

Pachypodium is a weird succulent with a thick, spiny gray trunk. They are scarcely branched and the base is spindle-shaped. The trunk is covered with spines and the foliage is arranged spirally at the top. Pachypodium needs full sun to light shade with warm temperatures. Water sparingly and do not fertilize. Do not water in the winter months when there is no foliage. Repot the plant every 3 years; this is quite tricky given all the spines. The best way is to wrap several layers of newspaper around the trunk where it is to be handled.

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