Euphorbia tirucalli var. Stick of Fire

During the colder months, branches take on a fiery red-orange color.
During the colder months, branches take on a fiery red-orange color.

The Euphorbia tirucalli var. Stick of Fire is a small, shrub-like hybrid derived from the E. tirucalli. It is indigenous to Uganda, Zaire and Zanzibar. Like the Euphorbia tirucalli, its branches turn red during the colder months. The main difference being that this hybrid's branches attain a much more vibrant fiery red-orange color instead of a lighter, pinkish-red.

The Euphorbia tirucalli var. Stick of Fire stays much smaller at only 4' tall by 4' wide (the Euphorbia tirucalli grows approximately 30' tall and 60' wide). Branches are cylindrical, pencil-thick and glossy green. Leaves are deciduous and narrow. Flowers are yellow and inconspicuous. Flowers form in clusters at the apex of the short branches or in the angles of branches.


Wintertime color-

1. During the colder months, branches take on a fiery red-orange color
2. While other plants lose their leaves/vibrant color, the E. tirucalli var. Stick of Fire lights up

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Plant Details
USDA Zone Information: 
9b - 11
Flower : 
Ideal Light Conditions: 
Sun to partial shade
Ideal Water Conditions: 
Moderate in summer/Dry in winter
Speed of Growth: 
Mature Height: 
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Latin Name: 
Euphorbia tirucalli var. Stick of Fire
Common Name: 
Pencil Tree, Pencil Bush, Naked Lady, Indian Tree Spurge, Milk Hedge, Rubber Hedge Euphorbia, Pencil Euphorbia, Milk Bush, Rubber Euphorbia, Rubber Hedge Plant, African Milk Bush, Tirucalli Rubber, Petroleum Plant, Pencil Cactus, Firestick Plant, Finger Tree, Finger Euphorbia

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