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Euphorbia cotinifolia (Tropical smoke bush, Caribbean copper plant)

Euphorbia cotinifolia Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Euphorbia cotinifolia yew-FOR-bee-ah koe-tin-ih-FOE-lee-ah Common Name: Tropical smoke bush, Caribbean copper plant Genus: Euphorbia
With its woody stems and oval-shaped leaves, this perennial looks a lot like a tree. Like other members of the euphorbia family, it has milky sap and tiny flowers. Most of the appeal comes from the leaf color. dark burgundy on older leaves, a brighter red on new foliage. The foliage generally dies back in winter. -Jeff Moore, Regional Picks: Southwest, Fine Gardening issue #120
Noteworthy characteristics: The milky sap may irritate skin.
Care: Provide full sun and well-drained soil.
Propagation: Divide in early spring, or take cuttings in spring or early summer.
Problems: Aphids, mealybugs, spider mites, nematodes.
Height 10 ft. to 15 ft.
Spread 10 ft. to 15 ft.
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Dry to Medium
Maintenance Low
Tolerance Drought Tolerant
Characteristics Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Spring
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Flower Color White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Perennials

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