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Madagascar Palm

  • ​Common Name: Madagascar Palm (other common names: Pachypodium Species, Elephant's Foot)
  • Scientific Name: Pachypodium geayi
  • Family Name: Apocynaceae
  • Origin: Southwest Madagascar
  • Height: 12’ – 20’
  • Width: 10’ – 12’
  • Growth: slow - moderate
  • Zone: 9B - 11
  • Light Needs: Full sun – Partial shade
  • Salt Tolerance:  moderately
  • Soil/PH/Texture: It grows in a variety of soils and habitats, sandy soil in old dunes near the sea, limestone, schists, and red sandy soil - mildly acidic – mildly alkaline (pH 6.1 – 7.8)
  • Soil Moisture: Dry/Mesic – does not require a lot of water once established and needs well drained soil.
  • Drought Tolerance: moderate
  • Pests/Diseases: very resistant to any kind of pests and diseases, check leaves for beetles and spray off with water.
  • Growing Conditions: easy to grow and low maintenance
  • Characteristics: grown for its foliage of velvet/fuzzy, green leaves, elliptic in shape. It is deciduous and does have a dormancy period. The stem color is brown, with thorns, the stem shape is wider in the base, like a bottle with a long neck. The blooms are showy, white/near white, 5 petals that can be merged in the middle and appear in late winter – early summer. It is often confused with the more common Pachypodium lamerei, but has many differences, is has thinner leaves accented with a prominent midrib of a different color than the rest of the leaf. The trunks and branches can also amazingly photosynthesize, making the leaves, which can make water rapidly evaporate from the plant, unnecessary in times of dry weather or drought.
  • Propagation: by seed or stem cuttings (allow the surface to callous/dry before planting)
  • Wildlife: unknown
  • Facts: all parts of this plant are poisonous if ingested
  • Designer Considerations: use as a small tree specimen or shrub in your landscape, an accent plant, a container plant (3 gal. or larger) for your patio or deck and is excellent for xeriscaping.

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Madagascar Palm