Cyphostemma juttae – A caudiciform giant

  • Cyphostemma juttae
  • Cyphostemma juttae #3

Bare root, pot not included. $120.00

 Each one of these plants is a “one of a kind” individual specimen. You will receive the exact same plant shown in the photograph. Please note there is only one of each  so you can only add one of each to your cart. Also, we have exempted these from your four plant minimum, as long as it is the only plant in your cart. This featured image shows a larger landscape specimen that displays juttaes awesome plant charisma and its  attainable size in the landscape.

Specimen Plant Specimen #018
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Cyphostemma juttae - A caudiciform giant

  • Common Names:  
    Tree Grape, Wild Grape
  • Family:  
    Vitaceae (Grapes)
  • Origin:  
    South Africa and neighboring Namibia
  • Size Label:  
    Bare root, pot not included.
  • Mature Size:  
    6 or 7 feet tall, but they can potentially reach 12 feet!
  • Height:  
    4-6 feet
  • Cold Tolerance:  
    25-30° F
  • Heat Tolerance:  
    Very high
  • Light Requirement:  
    Full sun, partial shade in hot climates.
  • Water needs:  
    Very drought tolerant. Can take light irrigation.
  • Maintenance:  
    Although drought-tolerant, it appreciates some water and fertilizer during the summer growing season.
  • Uses:  
    It’s a great focal plant in the garden — this is a long-lived, slow-growing plant. It is easily grown indoors in a pot. which shows off its uniquely shaped trunk. Collectors may be attracted to the human-like form of Cyphostemma’s trunk. Each plant has its own unique shape.
  • Planting Instructions:  
    Grow it in fast-draining soil, such as cactus mix. 
  • Special notes:  
    Freaky!  Cyphostemma juttae - the Tree Grape - is a rare, crazy-looking succulent from South Africa and neighboring Namibia.  It forms a bizarre canopy of serrated, blue-green leaves that emerge each spring from swollen, tree-like trunks.  Each plant takes on a unique shape, with its own "personality".  The plants normally grow to 6 or 7 feet tall, but they can potentially reach 12 feet!  This is a great species for fans of funky caudex plants! Cyphostemma juttae is an odd member of the Grape family (Vitaceae).  It's a summer-growing species that sheds its leaves during winter, showing off its attractive caudex and stems.  The fat, succulent trunks are lined with a papery, peeling bark.  The saw-toothed leaves look truly bizarre, like some sort of carpenter's tool!  The foot-long leaves have a rubbery texture, and are curled upward along the edges, possibly to catch water. Flowers appear in the summer, followed by attractive, grape-like berries.  Despite their tasty look, the fruits should not be eaten, since they contain a toxin.  This is a slow-growing, long-lived plant.  While it will take many years to reach maximum size, it is handsome at any age! Cyphostemma comes from hot, dry areas in southern Africa.  It has no problem taking temperatures in the 90s (35°C), although it may need some afternoon shade in hot climates to avoid leaf burn.  It can handle winter temperatures in the upper 20s (-2°C), but it's best to protect it from frost.  It is easily grown indoors in a pot.  Grow it in fast-draining soil, such as cactus mix.  It is drought-tolerant, but it appreciates some water and fertilizer during the summer growing season.  Despite coming from areas that are dry in winter, it can adapt to wet-winter areas like coastal California.

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