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Tropical smoke bush

Euphorbia cotinifolia

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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 CharacteristicsThe milky sap may irritate skin.

CareProvide full sun and well-drained soil.

PropagationDivide in early spring, or take cuttings in spring or early summer.

ProblemsAphids, mealybugs, spider mites, nematodes.

  • Genus : Euphorbia
  • Zones : 10, 11, 9
  • Plant Height : 10 to 15 feet
  • Plant Width : 10 to 15 feet
  • Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : White

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