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Elephant Tree

A small tree with a think trunk that may reach 30 feet and bearing small pinnate leaves that are drought deciduous during dry spells.  The surface of the trunk and stems produces exfoliating, thin, papery white to yellow bark revealing a yellow layer below.  The base of the trunk may enlarge into a caudex for water storage.  Photos by Laurel Woodley

Pachychormus discolor has pink flowers
Pachychormus discolor has pinnate leaves
Latin Name: 
Pachychormus discolor
Family Name: 
Anacardiaceae
Place of Origin: 
Baja, California
Bloom Time: 
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Plant Types: 
Garden Location: 
Agave Garden