Tylecodon paniculatus variety dinterii

  • Tylecodon paniculatus var. dinterii
  • Tylecodon paniculatus dinterii growing in the ground.
  • You can see old spent flowers here.
  • Tylecodon paniculatus dinterii growing under a Eucalyptus tree.

1 Gallon

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Tylecodon paniculatus variety dinterii

  • Names and Synonyms:  
    Tylecodon paniculatus Cotyledon tardiflora, Cotyledon mollis, Cotyledon fascicularis, Cotyledon paniculata
  • Common Names:  
    Butter Tree, Botterboom
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  • Origin:  
    It is found in growing in South Africa in clay soils in the Spekboomveld, Gwarrievelds and alos on rocky slopes from Namibia to the South-Western Cape and the Eastern Cape
  • Size Label:  
    1 Gallon
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  • Cold Tolerance:  
    25 to 30°F; -3.9 to -1.1°C
  • Heat Tolerance:  
    Very high
  • Light Requirement:  
    Full sun to dappled shade in hot desert climates
  • Water needs:  
    Extremely drought tolerant in summer, needs winter rains
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  • Uses:  
    Dry rock gardens, succulent plantings. A great plant for a larger treelike bonsai. Fun specimen to plant around pools and stark architecture or in front of a contrasting-colored wall where its interesting shape can be set off.
  • Propagation:  
    Replant cuttings, collect seeds after flowering. Sow uncovered in coarse sand topping with well-drained soil underneath. Seeds germinate readily during cooler weather.
  • Problems:  
    Root rot, requires good draining soils.
  • Special notes:  
    Tylecodon paniculata var. dinterii is a succulent shrub-let that is up to 4' tall. It is summer deciduous in hot dry climates. The stem fattens and leaves come out in winter rains. It has a thick basal stem that is densely branched above, with a rounded crown. The branches are softly succulent (hence its common name) and green with a yellow, semi-transparent peeling bark. Tylecodon paniculata var. dinterii is believed to be a natural hybrid between T. paniculata and T. wallichii. It differs from T. paniculata by having narrower, cylindrical gray green leaves and yellow-green flowers of T. wallichii. During the hot dry summer months Tylecodons conserve energy and water by dropping their leaves and photosynthesizing with their greenish stems. This caudiciform-like tree blossoms during summer when it is mostly leafless putting the flowers and later the yellow-green stems on full display. Its flowers are pollinated by nectar-loving birds. It is poisonous to livestock.