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Elephant Bush

Portulacaria afra
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Annuals & Perennials Size Chart

Annuals & Perennials Size Chart

With its dark, fleshy leaves and bright red stems, this cold hardy, evergreen succulent will be sure to make a statement in any garden. Perfect to use as a focal point, for it may get up to 12 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Under the right conditions, small pink flowers may appear during summer. 

Plant with Echeveria 'Nodulosa'


  • Landscape Size: 8'-12' tall, 4'-6' wide
  • Light Requirement: Morning Sun/Afternoon Shade or Bright Light
  • Water Needs: Low to Moderate
  • USDA Zone: 9a
  • Growth Habit: Upright
  • Growth Rate: Slow
  • Attributes: Waterwise

These characteristics apply to the greater Sacramento area and nearby regions. 

Live outside of our area? Please check with your local cooperative extension for the best growing practices in your neck of the woods.

Visit: UC Cooperative Extension Offices

Visit: National County Extension Offices

Green Thumb Guide

Performs best in well-drained soil. Allow soil to dry in between watering. Tolerates little watering most of the year, performs best with more frequent watering during our hot, dry summers. May be grown indoors in bright light.



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