Pencil tree

Euphorbia tirucalli

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Pencil tree (Euphorbia tirucalli)
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Synonyms:  E. tirucalli
Genus:  Euphorbia
This unusual looking plant has many succulent, pencil-like branches. The leaves are small and short-lived, and the flowers are insignificant. Euphorbia tirucalli can grow to almost 30 feet in the wild, but it can be used as a smaller specimen or container plant in the garden. It is hardy only in Zone 11.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  The milky sap is toxic and may cause severe skin irritation.
Care:  Provide full sun and well-drained, light soil.
Propagation:  Divide in early spring or take cuttings in spring or early summer.
Problems:  Nematodes, spider mites, aphids, mealybugs.

Overview

Height
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Spring,
Late Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
Green
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Container,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Desert Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Cacti and Succulents

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