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Dichrostachys cinerea, Cailliea glomerata, Dichrostachys glomerata, Dichrostachys nutans, Mimosa cinerea, West African Sickle Bush, Marabou Thorn, Aroma, Kalahari Christmas tree, Chinese lantern tree, Marabou-thorn, Princess Earrings

Dichrostachys cinerea, Cailliea glomerata, Dichrostachys glomerata, Dichrostachys nutans, Mimosa cinerea

West African Sickle Bush, Marabou Thorn, Aroma, Kalahari Christmas tree, Chinese lantern tree, Marabou-thorn, Princess Earrings
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Mimosoideae
Origin: Africa to India, Southern Thailand and Malesia, Northern Territories of Australia
Can be used for bonsaiLarge shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterModerate waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsThorny or spinySubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Interesting powderpuff-like pink flowers make this plant unforgettable. Shrub up to 9ft high with grey bark and solitary thorns often bearing one or two leaves. Leaves bipinnate and finely pubescent, 1" to 3" long. Pendulous flower heads that are pink in the upper part and yellow in the lower part. Dark-brown pods, borne in clusters, twisted, each 1" to 3" long and 1" broad. Good plant for bonsai.





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Dichrostachys cinerea - Princess Earrings, Sickle bush

West African Sickle bush, Aroma, Kalahari Christmas...  more

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Dichrostachys cinerea - seeds

West African Sickle bush, Aroma, Kalahari Christmas...  more
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Didierea madagascariensis, Octopus Tree

Didierea madagascariensis

Octopus Tree
Family: Didiereaceae
Origin: Madagascar
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunModerate waterDry conditionsThorny or spiny

These hardy drought-resistant plants appear as a spine-encrusted mass of branches.



Didierea madagascariensis, Octopus Tree
Didierea madagascariensis, Octopus Tree
Didierea madagascariensis, Octopus Tree


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Didierea trollii, Octopus Plant

Didierea trollii

Octopus Plant
Family: Didiereaceae
Origin: Madagascar
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunModerate waterThorny or spiny

The spiny, succulent stems initially grow along the ground, bearing small deciduous green leaves when in active growth.



Didierea trollii, Octopus Plant
Didierea trollii, Octopus Plant


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Dioon spinulosum, Giant Dioon, Gum Palm
Male cones

Dioon spinulosum

Giant Dioon, Gum Palm
Family: Zamiaceae
Origin: Mexico
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterThorny or spinySubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Dioon spinulosum has pinnate leaves that grow to about 5-7 ft (1.5-2.1 m) in length and radiate out from the trunk. The 120-240 leaflets on each leaf are small and flat, have small thorns and taper to a sharp point.

Giant Dioon work very well as ornamental in gardens in appropriate zones (Hardiness Zones: 9b-11). The growth rate allows for saplings to quickly mature onto decently sized plants, and they grow in easily predictable forms.





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Dovyalis caffra, Kei Apple

Dovyalis caffra

Kei Apple
Family: Salicaceae   (Formerly:Flacourtiaceae)
Origin: Southwest Africa
Can be used for bonsaiLarge shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterModerate waterYellow/orange flowersEdibleThorny or spinySubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeSeaside, salt tolerant plant

The plants contain prominent spikes on the branches. Kei apple's are both drought and salt tolerant and are often used as coastal landscaping shrubs. For the most part, both male and female plants are required for fruit set. There are some female trees that will bear without a male. Trees exhibit allelopathy and will inhibit the growth of other plants nearby. Dovyalis caffra can be cultivated as a border, screen or used to form an impenetrable hedge around a garden to keep unwanted animals and people out. It will grow well in either full sun or light shade and will also need regular trimming in order to maintain a good hedge. The Kei-apple is easily propagated from seed. The fruits must be ripe before they are collected. The seed must be cleaned and dried in a shady spot before planting. The Kei-apple can also be propagated from hardwood cuttings as long as they are treated with root-stimulating hormone before planting. The fruits are very juicy and having a acidic flavor. They often sprinkled with sugar and eaten fresh, can also be used in a variety of desserts.





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Dovyalis caffra - seeds

Kei Apple. Dovyalis caffra is usually 3-5 m in height, but sometimes reaches 8 m with a much branched crown. It is a tree or spiny shrub of moderate growth rate that may be planted close together to form a good hedge. Creamy green flowers form in November to December. The fruits are very juicy and having an acidic flavor.
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