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Botterboom, Butter Tree
Scientific Name: Tylecodon paniculatus (L.f.) H. Tolken
Synonym: Cotyledon tardiflora, Cotyledon mollis, Cotyledon fascicularis, Cotyledon paniculata
Family: Crassulaceae
Botterboom, Butter Tree (Tylecodon  paniculatus)
Tylecodon paniculatus at the Huntington Gardens in early July
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 10-12

Frost Tolerance: Avoid frost

Sun Exposure: Light shade

Origin: Sandy areas of central South Africa (Namaqualand, and coastal Western Cape Province)

Growth Habits: Caudiciform shrub, up to 6 feet tall (1.8 m), trunk up to 20 inches thick (50 cm)

Watering Needs: Keep drier in summer

Propagation: Seeds, cuttings

The species name "panicles" comes from the Latin for "with panicles, tufted". This Tylecodon has the bark of mature stems peeling off in sheets, and flat, 1.25 inches wide (3 cm), succulent leaves.

Cultural Practices:
The Tylecodon paniculatus loses its leaves in summer, keep it relatively dry then. The 5-petaled tubular flowers come in mid summer. They are red and yellow

Blooming Habits:

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