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Pachypodium lamerei - Madagascar Palm

Pachypodium lamerei - Madagascar Palm (Pachypodium lamerei - Madagascar Palm)

This plant is beautiful and interesting even when not flowering. Most of the time it looses most of its leaves in winter, depending on weather. It appears to love the warm weather and previous rains we've had over the last month. Photo taken Jan. 8, 2017 in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA.

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It can take plenty of water. I have two. The one in ground is branching and still in full leaf. The large in a pot is in leaf and- it still has the flower stalk ready to bloom. I guess like Plumeria if they run out of time in fall...they will hang to next summer to bloom.
As exotic looking plants as you can find. Especially when the trunk swells up.

11 Jan, 2017


I think it'll probably love more water when it's hot! Winter it should have less water.

I have actually seen some Pachypodium with flowers even in January. That's pretty amazing! I've seen some mango trees flushing. I see two on the way to work. I've never seen a mango tree flush growth in January...I have seen them flower in January, however. That boggles my mind!

11 Jan, 2017


They (Mango) can flush and flower in late winter- well,our late winter is February.
The last two winters have been rainy here in the bay area. In the drought years they would do their things starting in Feb.
This year is a question mark if it flowers...or goes to growth first. A few leafs are singed. Not bad for not getting any coverings at 33f temps.

11 Jan, 2017


I would only agree in the tropics. Here in California magno trees typically don't flush growth even in the hottest weather during winter. They typically need the longer days accompanied by high temps (for most varieties, anyway).

Your mango tree is getting hardier with age and size. 33ºF will do only minor damage to younger leaves. I know in the January 2007 freeze in the Coachella Valley the mature Keitt mango trees survived with none to little damage. I think they had low to upper twenties, depending on location. I read some smaller mango orchards saw no damage at all. I think those were located closer to the Salton Sea.

11 Jan, 2017


You dont see much winter damage in town. Today was funny Andy that I was driving down B Street...and then I see some large leafed Xanthosoma- Malanga- were gracefully bending down. That 33f had hurt..but yet the leafs were not black. As close to freeze damage as it gets.
I wish I could have stopped and taken a pic. it was like they were doing Swan Lake.

12 Jan, 2017


That's good hardly any damage on plants in Hayward. My friend in San Jose said his plants got a lot of damage a couple weeks ago.

I like Xanthosoma. I have some which haven't grown well here because the bugs eat the tubers, like with all the Elephant's ears I've grown here.

12 Jan, 2017

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