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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

GROWING DWARF VARIEGATED MADRAS THORN

Hubby bought this plant from the plant nursery many years ago. At first, we planted it in a pot and later transferred it to the ground just outside our house. It has been growing very well and I have to trim it to keep it in shape.
Someone from the gardening group helped me identify this plant. I was told that this is the Dwarf Variegated Madras Thorn plant.

Dwarf Variegated Madras Thorn is its common name.

Pithecellobium duice is its scientific name.

The young leaves are pink and as they mature they turn to white and green.

Some told me that this is also called the Snow Bush plant. With the white leaves, it does look like Snow Bush.

A closer look at the leaves and stem.

There are thorns on the stems.

I have to be careful of the thorns whenever I trim the plant.

It is an evergreen plant, very hardy and easy to maintain.

I have tried many times to propagate this plant with stem cuttings but have not been successful. Some of my friends have also tried and have failed to propagate too.

I have found this non-variegated Madras Thorn tree in my neighbourhood. The leaves are plain green and look exactly the same as the Dwarf Variegated leaves.

This plant is drought and pests tolerant. The plant is most beautiful with the new pink leaves. Its a beautiful bush but be careful of the hidden thorns!

When a farmer's land has had many showers upon it

and good crops come up, that land has experienced

God's blessing upon it. But if it keeps on having crops

of thistles and thorns, the land is considered no good

and is ready for condemnation and burning off.

(Hebrews 6:7-8, The Living Bible-TLB)

42 comments:

  1. I have told you that I love your garden right? I've also mentioned a time or two that you have a wonderful green thumb.

    Have a fabulous day Nancy. ☺

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    1. Thank you, Sandee. Praise the Lord, some plants do seem to grow beautifully. Have a fabulous day too!

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    1. Thank you, William. Have a wonderful day!

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  3. Yeah, I have a pot of this plant. The way you describe the leaves, from pink to white then to green, I am sure it is the same plant as mine. Hard to propagate this plant with stem cutting???..but according to my hub, it is very easy. Each time he did it successfully.

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    1. Hi Irene. then I must keep on trying. I have tried propagating others but for this particular plant, I just can't. Maybe I must used a more matured part of the plant. Have a beautiful day!

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  4. The plant on the 6th picture, very pleasant looking..

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    1. Thank you, Sharon. On closer look, the leaves are very pretty. They are like batik prints. Have a happy day!

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  5. This is a beautiful plant...I tend to really love plants that have the variegated leaves, etc.

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    1. Thank you, Rose. I too love the variegated leaves. Have a great day!

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  6. Hi Nancy,

    I learnt a lot from you about plants and gardening. Your gardening post is always so serene.

    Zoe

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    1. Thank you, Zoe. You are always so encouraging. Have a lovely day!

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  7. You have the most amazing plants in your garden. I would love to see it in person.
    It's always so nice knowing the names of plants.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Thank you, Julia. Since I have started my blog, I have learnt so many things about the plants in my garden. Have a wonderful day!

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  8. Nancy, this is a pretty looking plant. I am quite scared of thorns and I once discarded a plant that had beautiful flowers because of that.

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    1. Lol! Phong Hong, that's the reason I transferred this plant outside my house. Its a pretty plant and we don't want to part with it, Only thing is I have to be extra careful with it when I want to trim it. Have a great day!

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  9. nice plant with thorn I thin it does not grow in my climate zone

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    1. Thank you, Gosia. Maybe this plant may not be able to tolerate the cold weather in your climate zone. Have a fabulous day!

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  10. It's so beautiful, Nancy.

    Hey....this makes me wonder is this the plant that is shown in FB..The guy trying to haul off the whole pot. But took so much time to do it

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    1. Oh, really? I think I must have missed that! The guy is the owner of the plant?

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  11. A very pretty plant, I love the variety of colour. Does it change throughout the season or as it ages?

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    1. Thank you, Mamas. Whenever the new leaves appear, they will be pink and then they changes to white and green. It is not seasonal.

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  12. Gostei destas verdejantes fotografias.
    Um abraço e continuação de uma boa semana.

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    1. Thank you, Francisco. Have a beautiful day!

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  14. A bunch of color, but oh those thorns.

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    1. Thank you, Tom. Beware of thorns! Have a lovely day!

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  15. Hello Nancy...my first visit to your blog..
    Thank you for visiting mine and leaving comment.

    I think your plant is really lovely. The colours are good, new leaves pink, as they become older the go green with a difference..

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    1. Thank you, Margaret for the return visit. Have a lovely day!

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  16. You have an amazing garden...and you are such a talented gardener, Nancy.

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    1. Thank you, Angie. Have a wonderful day!

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  17. It's the thorns that really get to me. The pink color is beautiful. Have a wonderful Wednesday Nancy. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

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    1. Thank you, Paul. Have a wonderful Wednesday too!

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  18. I like this plant because of its white, pink leaves making it looks so pretty. Have a good day!

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    1. Thank you, Mun. I like the colourful leaves too. Have a beautiful day!

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  19. What pretty leaves this plant has.

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  20. So green and beautiful. I want it to be summer so I can grow things in my garden again.

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    1. Thank you, Erika. Over here we are having rainy days!

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  21. I thought this was called '7 colours leaf' in Chinese. No idea if it's correct!

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    1. Thank you, Stacy. Oh, is it? I have no idea. Lol!

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