Tropical smoke bush

Euphorbia cotinifolia

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Tropical smoke bush (Euphorbia cotinifolia)
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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.

Overview

Height
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Spread
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
White Flower
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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