General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Plant Height: 2-12 feet
Plant Spread: 4-6 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Showy
Other: Small single-seeded drupe.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Lavender
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Suitable for miniature gardens
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Child plants: one child plant

Common names
  • Elephant Bush
  • Spekboom
  • Porkbush
  • Elephant's Food
  • Small Leaf Jade

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Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2021-10-16
Location: north central Texas
Date: 2014-09-20
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2021-10-16
Uploaded by hlutzow
Location: KALAMA WA
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Location: Gilbert, AZ
Date: 2017-09-14
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2021-10-16
Uploaded by syzone8aUK

Date: 2018-08-23
Location: Orangeburg, SC
Date: 2017-04-13
Elephant Bush Plant
Location: Gause, Texas
Date: 2020-03-06
2-yr old specimen in full sun on rural property.  Thrives with mo
Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: Sep 2011

 Photo Courtesy of Mountain Crest Gardens. Used with permission.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: May 9, 2010
Location: DISCLAIMER: This is an old photo from an old phone. I don't know why, but the photos look "deep fried". sorry about that.
Uploaded by keithp2012
Location: Austria / Wiener Neustadt
Date: 2015-09-29
Location: Cypress Gardens, Florida
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: September 2012

Date: 2021-01-23

Date: 2013-02-26

Date: 2016-07-11

 Photo Courtesy of Mountain Crest Gardens. Used with permission.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Gilbert, AZ
Date: 3/4/17

Date: 2013-02-26

Date: 2013-02-26

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Louisville
Date: 2020-03-14

Date: 2021-01-23

Date: 2021-01-23

Date: 2021-01-23
One of three plants had no roots; planning to root above water th
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  • Posted by Dutchlady1 on Sep 15, 2012 8:20 AM concerning plant:
    I find this one slower growing and more pendulous than the non-variegated form.
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