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Pachypodium lamerei/Madagascar Palm

Pachypodium lamerei / Pachypodium lamerei
A handsome towering specimen in a New Orleans garden
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A handsome towering specimen in a New Orleans garden

A branched canopy

A large specimen growing in a southern California botanical garden

Several crowns or clusters of foliage atop the thick trunks

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Scientific Name: Pachypodium lamerei
Common Name: Madagascar Palm
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 10-15 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Dry
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
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Comments: The madagascar palm is a huge succulent that produces a thick trunk covered with two and a half inch thorns and a rosette of spirally arranged foliage at the top of the trunk. This succulent drops its leaves in the winter. Do not overwater and do not water at all during the winter. It is best grown outdoors, but some people grow this succulcent indoors provided there is good natural light. It makes a sensational specimen in a greenhouse setting. It cannot tolerate freezing temperatures. References on growing this succulent recommend repotting every three years using a porous potting mix.