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.