Jabily, Elephant Tree
Operculicarya decaryi

Family: Anacardiaceae (an-a-kard-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Operculicarya (oh-per-koo-lee-KAIR-yuh) (Info)
Species: decaryi (de-KAR-yee) (Info)

Category:

Shrubs

Trees

Cactus and Succulents

Foliage Color:

Burgundy

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Red

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Deciduous

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Grenoble,

Mesa, Arizona

Bonsall, California

Corona, California

Hayward, California

Irvine, California

Reseda, California

San Diego, California

Santa Barbara, California

Spring Valley, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Vista, California

Seffner, Florida

Dallas, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
0
neutrals
0
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RatingContent
Positive

On Nov 17, 2012, mitsukurina from Los Angeles, CA wrote:

Grows quite fast and without issue in the ground in Santa Barbara, CA. I have to prune my one metre tall plant (diameter approx. 25 centimetres) three times each summer with shears as though it were a hedge.

Positive

On Jul 30, 2007, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

And you can add the bay area as warm enough for this tree to grow outdoors. My potted plant has made it through a few winters with normal leaf drop and return in spring.I can see with plenty of drainage(same old story) it growing in ground here. One of the hardier caudiciforms we can grow. It will also be happy to be kept in the same 8" pot forever.

Positive

On Feb 29, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a wonderful little Madagascan bonsai tree that I have very good luck with. All reports say it is very frost sensitive, and mine has indeed gone deciduous in frosts and freezes (normally listed as an evergreen), but never had any damage done to the plant. It has repeatedly done fine in temps as low as 25F and often even retains its leaves. Sort of an expensive little tree, it is frequently sold as a natural bonsai in a small, shallow pot. It does grow well in well drained soild, too, and it can produce some amazing twisted branches/stems and even roots. The leaves are itty bitty deep, shiny green except in the cold of winter when they are a deep red-brown. My larger plant is not losing its leaves in the winter (had 3 so far) and it has had no problems with frost either (this ... read more