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QUICK FACTS

  • HPRWA SCORE -8
  • SYNONYMS
  • ELEVATION RANGE Low|Mid
  • FAMILY Apocynaceae
  • PLANT TYPE Large shrub-small tree
  • WATER REQUIRMENTS Drought tolerant
  • SOIL REQUIRMENTS Sand
  • SUN EXPOSURE Full Sun
  • SALT TOLERANCE
  • DRAINAGE REQUIRED Requires good drainage
  • PROPAGATION METHODS Seeds & Vegetative

Adenium obesum
(desert rose, mock azalea)

On its native island of Socotra, the desert rose is protected from harvesting or collection of plant material of any type. The desert rose varies dramatically from region to region in its bodily structure. This succulent tree is similar to baobab in its construction as both species hail from dry areas of the world, and have a caudex (base of trunk) to store water and help prevent overheating. Desert rose is a small tree covered with a waxy material which further prevents overheating. The succulent leaves are thick and cactus like, and the wrinkles in the trunks offer character as much as the prized blooms from the tree. The desert rose has become a desired bonsai tree for the most prominent collectors. Don’t get fooled with a look alike species commonly called Thai socotranum, a tree that is much easier to grow and often confused with Adenium socotranum.

Plant Uses

  • Specimen
  • Container plant
  • Ornamental

Dangers

Toxic to animals-humans