This plant is exceptionally hard to grow in USDA zones 9-11. Each tiny pink blossom is star-shaped and made up of 5 pointed petals. Portulacaria Afra “Elephant Bush” is a ragged succulent bush having a place with the Didiereaceae family. Place the branches in a large vase indoors and they’ll absorb a multitude of pollutants. From the outset sight, numerous frequently think ‘afra’ is a smaller than expected Crassula ovata in light of their comparative appearance. Spekboom. Scientific name: Portulacaria afra Other Names: Spekboom, E lephant Bush, Dwarf Jade Plant, Porkbush Origin: Indigenous Position: Sun - Semi Shade Water Requirements: Low Hardiness: Frost Tender Flower Color: Pinkish White Flower Time: Su mmer Height: ±120cm, usually smaller Spread: ±100cm Other: Evergreen, Perennial The Spekboom or Porkbush is a very popular and useful garden … Also available in a variegated form. Elephant bush is a drought-tolerant plant, ideally suited to growing in arid, desert-like environments.. Spekboom (Portulacaria afra) Also known as Elephant’s food/the Pork bush, Portulacaria afra is a succulent shrub with small rounded leaves and a contrasting red stem. Portulacaria Afra is a versatile succulent that can be grown as a bonsai specimen, as part of an indoor or outdoor succulent garden, or in a hanging basket. Plant Paradise Garden Centre – Pretoria Spekboom (Portulacaria Afra) is a succulent plant found in South Africa. In some areas, spekboom is used for fodder during droughts. One of the many Spekboom facts is that it is indigenous to the Eastern Cape … My collection and my knowledge of these incredible tolerant species has grown over the last 15 years. Gerdie Olivier – gerdie@sana.co.za, ©2020 Life is a Garden | The fruit is a 3-winged papery capsule. Platberg Nursery – Harrismith Builders Warehouse Bloemfontein Also available in a variegated form. In frost-free regions they may be used in outdoor landscaping. The plants are drought tolerant and fire-resistant. Portulacaria afra (Porkbush) or “Spekboom“ as we all know it , is one of my favourite specimens to work with. While similar in looks and early growth habit to Jade plant, Elephant bush is distinct in a number of important ways. Full Sun – Prefers 6 or more hours of sun per day. Pretty Garden Tuinsentrum – Bloemfontein Portulacaria afra flowers only when it is grown in the ground in conditions similar to its native habitat. This very drought resistant tree grows in dry shade under trees or in full sun. Plants@Preller – Bloemfontein The attractive, evergreen succulent can grow to eight feet or more, in its natural enviornment. Garden Pavilion – Eckards Elephant bush (Portulacaria afra) is a semi-evergreen shrubby flowering succulent native to South Africa.In the wild, elephant bush grows in dry, sunny locations. Portulacaria afra grows 6 to 8 feet tall and spreads indefinitely.Use it as a backdrop plant, and/or prune into a hedge. Portulacaria afra 'Variegata' (tricolor or rainbow elephant bush) first appeared as a sport (variant growth) of Portulacaria afra.It has cream-and-green leaves and pendant, trailing stems; and forms low, shrubby mounds that spread several feet tall and wide. An evergreen succulent tree with fleshy stems and a dense crown. However, it is the most preferable to remain a smaller plant growing only a few feet tall. Name: Elephant Bush Scientific Name: Portulacaria afra Family: didiereaceae. This site uses cookies to improve your browsing experience. Builders Express – Walmer Name Derivation: The name Portulacaria is composed of Portulaca + aria suggesting a similarity to the genus Portulaca. Portulacaria afra grows 6 to 8 feet tall and spreads indefinitely.Use it as a backdrop plant, and/or prune into a hedge. During the spring, its flowers only grow if the environment is mild and the heat isn’t strong. You can contact us on: Shahnee Stockigt – shahnee@lifeisagarden.co.za Keith Kirsten Waterfall – Midrand Spekboom (Portulacaria afra) Well-known for its unique carbon-absorbing properties, this indigenous succulent grows easily from cuttings. Portulacaria Afra-’Elephant Bush’ is native to South Africa. Th… Portulacaria afra, is an evergreen succulent shrub or small tree originally from South Africa, where it reaches up to four meters in height. This popular succulent plant is found on rocky slopes in the Karoo scrub and semi-arid landscapes in the eastern parts of South Africa. it’s discovered developing in dry, rough inclines. After rain it is covered in clear pink to rosy mauve flowers. The Portulacaria afra flowers produce much Nectar and this attracts insects, and they attract birds. Its roots are very adaptable and thrive in shallow bonsai containers. Borne at the end of the stem in clusters, they are rich in nectar and wildly attractive to bees and other insects. Plant in well drained soil. Stodels – Constantia Builders Warehouse – City The five-pointed star-shaped flower becomes about 5 mm in diameter. We have been growing Portulacarias for almost 30 years and we have never seen 1 flower but have heard that they do flower in their country of origin (South Africa). Description. GARDEN THEMES: Bushveld, desert, rockery, succulent Portulacaria afra is a fairly hardy, small tree with succulent leaves and ruby red branches. A brilliant fast growing bonsai specimen. Plant description: A fine hedging plant, this bush has small, fleshy, round leaves and becomes covered in small pink flowers in early summer. They have reddish-brown stems with glossy green leaves. Portulacaria Afra – ’Elephant Bush’ Info. The stems are reddish-brown which contrast well against the green of the foliage. Flowers and Fragrance The flowers of Portulacaria afra grow in many-flowered, branching inflorescences at the end of short lateral branchlets. SANA is a member-driven, non-profit organisation, which strives to promote gardening as a hobby in South Africa for ALL South Africans. Caring for this plant requires intense light and warm temperatures. It is an evergreen and performs best in a sunny position. Late winter and spring bring a flash of tiny pink flowers to this plant. A very easy to grow succulent that works as a great bonsai plant, hanging basket or even a hedge in frost free climates. Portulacaria afra (known as elephant bush, dwarf jade plant, porkbush and spekboom in Afrikaans) is a small-leaved succulent plant found in South Africa. Receive related notifications of new posts, based on your gardening interests, please let us know what you would like to receive updates on. Portulacaria afra plant prefers growing in dry, rocky slopes and outcrops. Portulacaria afra is marvellous drought tolerant, a carbon sponge and an excellent soil binding plant to prevent soil erosion. ‘Elephants food’ can comfortably reach a height of 3metres but is very easily trimmed into versatile hedges and screening plants. Builders Express – Uitenhage Portulacaria is generally suited to all areas of SA but is not ideal in heavy frost areas. Spekboom (A) Isidondwane (Z) Igqwanitsha (X), Aloe arborescens (Krantz aloe, Candelabra aloe), Lonicera korolkowii var. FLOWER COLOUR: HEDGE SPACING: 1m FLOWERING TIME: J F M A M J J A S O N D FRUITING TIME: J F M A M J J A S O N D . A very hardy, drought-tolerant plant best grown in desert and succulent karoo gardens. This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. In some areas, spekboom is used for fodder during droughts. Tiny pink flowers appear in summer. It has now been shown to be effective in carbon sequestration (binding atmospheric carbon which is responsible for climate change), in semi-arid landscapes and thicket vegetation it is also being used for restoration purposes. There are two sepals. Garden Pavilion – Brandmullers Urth Garden Centre – Bloemfontein, Colourful Splendour – Craighall Park Builders Warehouse – Tygerberg, **Please note that not all stockists will have every plant featured**. A fine hedging plant, this bush has small, fleshy, round leaves and becomes covered in small pink flowers in early summer. The leaves have a pleasant acidic flavour. Bruwer Kwekery – Bloemfontein Builders Express – Jeffreys Bay Scientific name: Portulacaria afra Synonyms: Spekboom, Bacon Tree, Pork Bush, Elephant’s Food, Elephant Bush, Dwarf Jade Plant. Portulacaria is generally suited to all areas of SA but is not ideal in heavy frost areas. The long, white stamens, five to seven in number, have small dark anthers. Builders Warehouse – Table View Builders Express – Newton Park It has attractive round, glossy leaves on long arching succulent branches. These succulents commonly have a reddish stem and leaves that are green, but also a variegated cultivar is often seen in cultivation. Spekboom (portulacaria Afra) is an indigenous plant and proudly South African It is a plant that has MANY benefits such as tackling carbon emissions like no other plant can. Portulacaria afra is known and used around the world as a succulent garden shrub and as a bonsai subject.The leaves are small, rounded, green to yellowish and succulent, held on red stems. The leaves have a pleasant acid flavour and can be used in salads. It is being used beneficially in rehabilitating and restoring semi-arid and thicket habitats. It has small, circular, fleshy, bright green foliage on reddish-brown stems. The leaves of these plants are edible and have a tart flavor. Portulacaria afra Flower. Right click and save this QR code to add to your plant Label. In addition to the “normal” method of photosynthesis, these plants can undergo CAM (Crassulacean Acid Metabolism) photosynthesis. Portulacaria afra is a hardy, evergreen, neatly shaped, small tree or shrub with pretty round, succulent leaves and ruby red branches. In cultivation it often remains a decorative small shrub with small round fleshy leaves carried on red stems. These flowers are a rich form of nectar for insects. In some areas, spekboom is used for fodder during droughts. Portulacaria afra is marvellous drought tolerant, a carbon sponge and an excellent soil binding plant to prevent soil erosion. Stodels – Milnerton Greenside Kwekery – Bloemfontein To ensure the highest standards, SANA’s garden centre members form part of the Garden Centre Association which strives to continuously improve the quality of products, knowledge and customer service within garden centres. Schaffler’s Nursery – Johannesburg, Starke Ayres Garden Centre – Rosebank Portulacaria afra is a succulent shrub with small rounded leaves and a contrasting red stem. Elephant Bush, Portulacaria afra,Succulents, 4 in potted, didiereaceae, dwarf jade plant, pork bush. After the dominant of the winter period, the bush forms small pink flowers which are grouped together at the end of every branch. Portulacaria afra ‘Variegata’ (tricolor or rainbow elephant bush) first appeared as a sport (variant growth) of Portulacaria afra.It has cream-and-green leaves and pendant, trailing stems; and forms low, shrubby mounds that spread several feet tall and wide. P. afra ‘Prostrata’ and ‘Green Carpet’ are both low growing and make an excellent ground cover in dry areas. It has attractive round, glossy leaves on long arching succulent branches. These GCA garden centres can be identified by yellow and green GCA flags, present at garden centres and home stores, nationwide. The elephant bust itself can stand hot weather and humid climate, but it’s flowers cannot. Portulacaria afra is a relative of the the Jade plant (Crassula) and resembles a miniature version with smaller leaves. They are rounded in shape and form the dense appearance appreciated in more refined trees. The reddish-brown stems sustain upward reaching up to be 8’ to 15’ feet tall. The word “afra” is in reference to the fact that the plant occurs in Africa. This plant is indigenous to Southern Africa. Leaves are small, luscious and vibrant green in colour. Portulacaria afra (Elephant Food) - An upright growing plant (8-12 feet tall) with reddish brown stems and 1/2 inch long emerald green succulent leaves. P. afra ‘Prostrata’ and ‘Green Carpet’ are both low growing and make an excellent ground cover in dry areas. This is natively to South Africa. Semi Frost Hardy – Is Able to Survive Moderately Low Temperatures. The flowers look like beautiful pink clusters of petals that grow around the elephant bush. Builders Express – Walker drive Portulacaria afra (known as elephant bush, dwarf jade plant, porkbush and spekboom) is a small-leaved succulent plant. Will Get Damaged and Possibly Killed During Periods of Frost. Stodels – Bellville Useful for binding the soil. Starke Ayres Garden Centre – West Coast Village. These succulents commonly have a reddish stem and leaves that are green, but also a variegated cultivar is often seen in cultivation. Leaves fleshy, obovate, sessile. Also known as Elephant’s food/the Pork bush. Also known as Elephant’s food/the Pork bush, Portulacaria afra is a succulent shrub with small rounded leaves and a contrasting red stem. It is an evergreen and performs best in a sunny position. This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. Garden Pavilion – Sunkist ). Morphology: Succulent shrub or small tree, up to 5 m high. Portulacaria armiana is a large succulent-leafed shrub bearing grey-green leaves and long perennial whipstick-like branches with sprays of soft white flowers.It is endemic to the lower Orange River Valley, growing in the Ai-Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier National Park. From October to January, after rain, it is covered in clear pink to rosy mauve, nectar rich flowers - … In their natural habitat they bear soft pink flowers. They are simple to care for and make easy houseplants for a sunny location. Starke Ayres Garden Centre – West Coast Village Builders Warehouse – Port Elizabeth, Alma Kwekery – Welkom Floradale Nursery – Port Elizabeth Luckily, it’s a bonsai plant that has plenty of alternatives (elephant bush, porkbush, dwarf jade plant, and spekboom, in Afrikaans, just to name a few! We don't supply anything ourselves, but our gardening gurus can assist with any other gardening related enquiries you may have! Builders Warehouse – Constantiaberg Description: Portulacaria afra (Elephant's food or Dwarf jade plant) is a handsome little succulent tree, in dry regions, where it is also a valuable fodder plant. Builders Warehouse – Cape Gate Lifestyle Home Garden – Randburg Its small, round leaves are edible and have medicinal properties. All in all an easy to grow and very rewarding shrub! Evergreen, it reaches 2–4m high. Builders Express East London Portulacaria afra “prostrata”, a fairly hardy, pretty, succulent groundcover is a variety of Portulacaria afra that can become a small tree. They serve as food for elephants and other wildlife in their native habitat and can grow up to 20 feet tall. This, in turn, ensures your garden will be filled with birds. Built by Brand Candy, Powered by VISIBILITI. Life is a Garden is the marketing division of The South African Nursery Association (SANA). 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