Portulacaria afra

Portulacaria afra

Common Names

Porkbush (english)
Spekboom (afrikaans)
tshilepwete (venda)
isambilane (zulu)


Genus Portulacaria
Specie afra
SA Plant Number 104
Basionym Portulacaria afra


Portulacaria afra is a hardy, evergreen, neatly shaped, small tree or shrub with pretty round succulent leaves and ruby red branches.

The leaves have a pleasant acid flavour and can be used in salads. From October to January after rain, it is covered in clear pink to rosy mauve flowers - a wonderful sight.

The ornamental fruits resemble pinkish lanterns. Plant in well-drained soil in sun or shade. Useful for binding soil.

It makes a good container plant and bonsai subject.

Use it to create an attractive clipped hedge. Attracts bees, which make a tasty honey. Makes an excellent fodder plant. You could call it our planets little helper as it is a carbon sink.

It is one of the best trees for absorbing carbon from the atmosphere.




Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu Natal,  Eastern Cape 

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