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Portulacaria afra
(sold as Red stem)

Family: Portulacaceae

Common names: ELEPHANT BUSH, RAINBOW BUSH

Native to: South Africa

Plant

Type: cactus or succulent

Forms: erect, pendent, spreading

Leaves evergreen

Max height: 9.8 feet

Max width: 6.6 feet

Flower

pink

Leaf

green, secondary color present

Horticulture

Plant features: evergreen, growth rate slow

Exposure: sun

Landscape uses: bonsai, container

Slow growing

Propagates by: seed

flowers in spring

flowers in summer

Soil type: loam

USDA Zones: zone 9 to +20 f, zone 10 to +30 f

Temp. range: +20 to +40 °F

Water: dry, moderate

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