The genus Breynia is comprised of evergreen trees and shrubs from tropical forest and scrub areas of Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands, including Hawaii. They are grown for their small but colorful leaves, often occuring in flattened sprays. Flowers are very small and petalless and are followed by red berries. Grow Breynia as houseplants, or in a border in warmer areas.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsEvergreen, colorful leaves.
CareGrow in fertile, humus-rich soil in part shade. Plants can take more sun during the cooler months. Pinch out the stem tips of young plants to promote branching.
PropagationUsing bottom heat, root softwood cuttings in summer in a propagating case.
ProblemsIn the greenhouse, watch for spider mites, whiteflies, and aphids.