A picture of a Octopus Tree

Octopus Tree

Didierea madagascariensis

Didierea madagascariensis 2 by Stan Shebs (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Light watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

12m

Max

3m

6m

Min

1m

Flowering

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A close up of a green Didierea madagascariensis plant
A Didierea madagascariensis plant with green leaves

Octopus Tree Overview

Didierea madagascariensis is a deciduous, semi-succulent perennial in the Didiereaceae family. It is endemic to Madagascar and resides naturally in a spiny forest thicket environment. This ecosystem is unique to Madagascar and characterised by poor quality soil and erratic, low winter rainfall. Commonly known by the name octopus tree, this species is woody and classified as a shrub to small tree. It can grow over 10m in height and has spines arranged in whorls of 4, leaves are narrow, small and arranged in rosettes.

Special features of Octopus Tree

Attractive leaves

Drought resistant