General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Plant Height: Up to 12-20 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Spring
Summer
Fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Xeriscapic
Uses: Flowering Tree
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Goes Dormant
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
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Common names
  • Madagascar Palm

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Location: Baja California
Date: 2020-08-01
Location: South Bella Vista Drive, Tucson, AZ
Date: 2022-11-08
This Madagascar Palm was planted eight years ago, being ten inche
Location: Baja California
Date: 2022-07-29
10 feet up. Exserted stamens
Location: Baja California
Date: 2020-07-04
Pubescent spines
Location: Front yard in Tucson, Arizona
Date: 2018-08-18
Madagascar Palm - a uniquely ugly plant,  planted in poor clay so
Location: Albuquerque Botantic Garden, Albuquerque, NM Zone 7b
Date: 2022-11-14
Impressive protection from climbers!
Location: Albuquerque Botantic Garden, Albuquerque, NM Zone 7b
Date: 2022-11-14
Undersides of leaves
Location: Baja California
Date: 2021-06-16
Leaves and spines are puberulent
Location: Baja California
Date: 2020-04-25
A year's growth (about 1 foot)
Location: Baja California
Date: 2018-08-23
Location: Baja California
Date: 2022-07-29
Location: Baja California
Date: 2021-08-28
Location: Baja California
Date: 2018-08-23
Location: Baja California
Date: 2010-04-11
Dug up to be put in a container at the start of spring
Location: Baja California
Date: 2022-05-31
Location: Baja California
Date: 2017-05-07
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Date: 2017-04-03
Location: Longwood Gardens - Pennsylvania 
Date: 2016-12-27
Location: Corpus Christi, TX
Date: 2015-08-02
Location: South Bella Vista Drive, Tucson, AZ
Date: 2021-08-15
Tree years since the last uploaded photo.
Location: Baja California
Date: 2017-05-10
Location: San Antonio Botanical Garden, San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-04
Location: Baja California
Date: 2016-05-17
Location: San Antonio Botanical Garden, San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-04
Location: Corpus Christi, TX
Date: 2015-09-24
Location: Corpus Christi, TX
Date: 2016-08-16
Location: Louisville
Date: 2020-03-16
Seedling
Location: Baja California
Date: 2016-08-26
New growth

photo credit: Qwertzy2
Location: Longwood Gardens
photo credit: Raul654
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Comments:
  • 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.
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