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Full Sun to Partial Shade
|Minimum cold hardiness:
||Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
||Up to 12-20 feet
|Propagation: Other methods:
||Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
||Least Concern (LC)
Posted by Baja_Costero
(Baja California - Zone 11b) on Jul 19, 2016 12:27 PM concerning plant:
Spiny tree (not a palm) from the spiny forest of SW Madagascar with deciduous leaves and white flowers. On the large side for the genus, and probably the second most common Pachypodium in cultivation after P. lamerei, which is a similar looking plant.
Excellent container plant given good drainage, good light, and lots of water in summer. Obeys a seasonal growth cycle with some degree of rest/dormancy in winter, especially in marginal climates. Handle with care during this period (cold sensitive) and provide much less frequent water when the plant is leafless. Relatively late to flower (tall trunk before branching begins).
Easily confused with Pachypodium lamerei, which tends to branch lower, and especially P. mikea, which has very different flowers. I'm not convinced all the images associated with this entry are correctly identified. Identifying features include the pubescence on new spines and stem and tall main stem (8-10 feet or more before branching); also the lax inflorescence and flowers with recurved petals and exserted stamens.
|8 years later... by Baja_Costero
||Jul 14, 2018 12:38 PM
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