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Manihot grahamii

 
Manihot grahamii
hardy tapioca tree
Just planted – about 5 ft tall
Common name hardy tapioca tree
Family euphorbiaceae
Life cycle shrub/small tree (Z7-11)
Flowers green (summer)
Size 12-15'
Light sun-light shade
Cultural notes drought-tolerant

Fast-growing winter-deciduous small tree from South America with attractively shaped palmate leaves that tremble in the wind. It is hardier than its edible cousin (M. esculenta, commonly grown in variegated form), but sports a similar leaf shape and overall form. In Houston's climate, it is reportedly trunk-hardy, but may still benefit from some judicious pruning in late winter to keep the size and shape manageable. The nurseryman who sold it to me said it will self-seed too – so I may have some gifts for gardening neighbors if this thrives in our garden.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: foundation border

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