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 Flower
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Container,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Desert Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Cacti and Succulents

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