Adenium somalense Hybrids

Adenium somalense hybrids seem to be uncommon, perhaps because the results are often disappointing. The somalense parent tends to contribute cold-sensitivity, and the gigantic caudex often fails to be inherited.

Photos by Mark Dimmitt unless otherwise noted

Above: Adenium 'Flame Tree' has good dark red flowers several months a year. Right: At 9 years of age the plant is over 8 feet (2.5 m) tall. It has no caudex, but a nice thick trunk. This is the only somalense hybrid I have kept out of about 100 seedlings grown.


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