From South Africa, Portulacaria
afra is a succulent branching shrub or small tree to 12 feet tall in the wild. It's apparantly a favorite food of
Elephants, hence the common name. Though the plain green form is available, the variegated form (above)
is more popular in cultivation. It is also a favorite bonsai subject becuse it's easy to train and grows
Portulacaria afra is easy to grow in any good cacti and succulent mix. They
are drought tolerant but will signal you by shrivelling and dropping leaves when they need water.
They are easily propagated by stem cuttings.