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Products > Portulacaria afra 'Aurea'
Portulacaria afra 'Aurea' - Yellow Rainbow Bush
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Didiereaceae
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Yellow/Chartreuse Foliage: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Lavender
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Portulacaria afra 'Aurea' (Yellow Rainbow Bush, Yellow Elephant Food) A slow growing sprawling succulent shrub which starts growing as a groundcover with older stems turning upward. It has attractive reddish-brown stems and pale yellow to light green 3/4 inch long rounded leaves leaves emerge bright yellow and turn lime green with age. As with the species, this plant should prove to be a very easy to grow succulent that works as a great bonsai plant, hanging basket or a ground cover in near frost free climates. The lavender-pink flowers are rarely seen even on the green leaf forms, so we doubted that this yellow form would ever flower but during California's prolonged drought it has proven us wrong with the pink flowers really standing out against the yellow foliage! Plant in full sun to light shade and irrigate little if at all. We have not had this plant through a cold enough winter to test hardiness but likely it should have about the same hardiness as the other Portulacaria we grow which tolerate temperatures down to at least 25 F. For more information on the species see our listing for Portulacaria afra. We also grow Portulacaria afra 'Prostrate Form another prostrate plant but with all green foliage, Portulacaria afra 'Skyscraper' a narrow upright form, Portulacaria afra 'Cork Bark', a corky bark form great for bonsai use, Portulacaria afra 'Variegata' an upright plant with white variegated leaves, Portulacaria afra forma macrophylla , a large leafed form and Portulacaria afra 'Medio-picta' a stunning low growing plant with pink stems and leaves that have a wide central cream stripe. All are great drought tolerant plants useful in the landscape or as container specimens. We thank our customer, local Santa Barbara gardener David Johnson, for sharing this plant with us.  This information about Portulacaria afra 'Aurea' displayed is based on research conducted in our library and from reliable online resources. We will also note observations that we have made about it as it grows in the gardens in our nursery and those elsewhere, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others, and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.