Colletia paradoxa – The Anchor Plant
One of the more unusual plants, Colletia paradoxa is a rare tree from South America. This is a leafless tree with modified, flattened stems that appear in opposite pairs that act as leaves.
The leaves are hard and sharp, they are said to look like like boat anchors of airplane propellors.
Colletia paradoxa is rare in cultivation, and not widely offered for sale, although it is not difficult to grow.
A small woody evergreen tree growing to around 4 metres in height. It does have small white bell shaped flowers appear in autumn. Flowers are fragrant and attract bees to the garden.
This is a plant that has sharp spines on the branches, it does need to be planted away from pathways or indeed any position where it will be easily touched.
Colletia paradoxa Care
Growing conditions are best in a well drained soil. Best in full sun, although the Anchor Tree will grow well in some shade in warmer climates.
Colletia paradoxa is not readily available for sale in Australia