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Elephant's Food, Elephant Bush
Scientific Name: Portulacaria afra Jacq.
Family: Portulacaceae
Elephant's Food, Elephant Bush (Portulacaria  afra) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 8,9,12-27
USDA: 10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 30F ( -1C)

Heat Tolerance: Can take full sun in summer in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Any exposure

Origin: South Africa

Growth Habits: Small tree or succulent shrub to 12 feet tall

Watering Needs: Moderate to little water, very drought resistant

Propagation: Cuttings

Portulacaria afra is a good plant for the Phoenix area, you can grow it in pot with full sun part of the day in summer, water it every 2 weeks and it will look fine (of course it does better if you show more consideration). It can also be used to make outstanding bonsais, like the one in the second picture taken at "The Boojum Tree" here in Phoenix.

Elephant's Food, Elephant Bush (Portulacaria  afra)

Blooming Habits:
The pink flowers are seldom seen outside the wild.

Fruiting Habits:

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