Tylecodon paniculatus

  • 1 gal Tylecodon paniculatus in Summer dormancy
  • Tylecodon paniculatus specimen with rubrotinctum on the bottom. Leafing out in Winter.
  • Tylecodon paniculatus develops nice red flower stalks that give it shade in summer.
  • Tylecodon paniculatus leafs out after first rains.

1 Gallon $15.00

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Tylecodon paniculatus

  • 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 growing in South Africa in clay soils in the Spekboomveld, Gwarrievelds and also 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 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 paniculatus is a succulent shrublet that grows up to 5-6 feet 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. This plant has attractive bright green paddle- shaped leaves that are 5" long. Its orange to red flowers are about ¾" in length. During the hot dry summer months Tylecodon paniculatus conserves energy and water by dropping its leaves and photosynthesizing with its greenish stems. This caudiciform–like tree blossoms during summer when it is mostly leafless putting the flowers and later the red flower stems/bracts on full display. Its flowers are pollinated by nectar-loving birds. It is poisonous to livestock.