Pachypodium succulentum is endemic to South Africa; unlike other South African Pachypodium species, Pachypodium succulentum is frost-resistant and can withstand temperatures as low as -10° C in winter. It is naturally well adapted to the hot and dry environment in which it grows. The succulent stems act as water reservoirs and enable the plant to survive even the harshest conditions. The thick underground tubers also help the plant to survive long periods without water. It can therefore survive great heat and long periods of drought.
Pachypodium succulentum is a slow-growing, dome-shaped, succulent shrub with a large, half-submerged tuberous base bearing several slender branches that are more or less covered with slender, pointed stipules below the leaves. The flowers that appear with the leaves are crimson, pink or (rarely) white, with a darker central stripe. The plant can grow up to 60-200 cm high.
From my own succulent collection; one of my mother plants, branched 3 times from the caudex; with already 7cm diameter caudex; not overfertilised therefore robust & top healthy (100% organic quality before quantity! ), slow growing (with winter growth pause in the cool winter-plant-quarter), grown between May-November outside on the sun-terrace, potted in a well-drained self-mixed substrate in a clay pot (repotting only desired in 2-3 years); the plant is for a sunny location / avoid waterlogging; enjoy your new beautiful Pachypodium succulentum!