General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Tree
Cactus/Succulent
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Plant Height: 25 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Other: In the genus Euphorbia, the flowers are reduced in size and aggregated into a cluster of flowers called a cyathium (plural cyathia). This feature is present in every species of the genus Euphorbia but nowhere else in the plant kingdom.
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Houseplant
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Will Naturalize
Dynamic Accumulator: B (Boron)
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Other: All members of the genus Euphorbia produce a milky sap called latex that is toxic and can range from a mild irritant to very poisonous.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
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Common names
  • Pencil Tree
  • Milk Bush
  • Indian Tree Spurge
  • Blind-Eye
  • Euphorbia

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Comments:
  • Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Jan 3, 2016 7:50 PM concerning plant:
    Stick-like succulent that can grow to be a large tree in permissive climates (beware, cold sensitive!). Easy to start from cuttings but handle with great care as the sap is a nasty irritant (use gloves, sharp tools, eye protection). Needs strong light to do well... will stretch and droop in low light. Like other tree Euphorbias it will drop branches during strong wind events. It also does surprisingly well in containers, and the stick-like juvenile form can be grown as a miniature. There are orange and red versions of this plant (common name "Firesticks") which have much more ornamental appeal and do not grow beyond the size of a large bush.
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Oct 24, 2011 1:43 PM concerning plant:
    Very easy to propagate, but beware if you plant it in the ground. In a favorable climate, E. tirucalli can grow very large and spread quickly. The plant is then prone to breaking and falling apart in the wind and can make a colossal mess in a garden.
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