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Euphorbia tirucalii 'Sticks of Fire'/Sticks of Fire, Red Pencil Tree

Euphorbia tirucalii 'Sticks of Fire' / Euphorbia tirucalii 'Sticks of Fire'
Interesting color in pencil-sized stems and branches of this succulent
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Interesting color in pencil-sized stems and branches of this succulent

Varying colors is characteristic of this succulent

Several colors

Close-up image of the colorful stems

A large colony of the Red Pencil succulent in a Southern California botanical garden

Striking color in this specimen

A large specimen

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Scientific Name: Euphorbia tirucalii 'Sticks of Fire'
Common Name: Sticks of Fire, Red Pencil Tree
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: Yellow, Red
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Dry
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
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Comments: This succulent is a strong accent plant in the landscape. Cannot tolerate freezing temperatures. Quite drought tolerant and suitable for xeriscaping projects. Do not overwater this succulent. Damage can occur to plants during cold, wet winters even though temperatures may not drop below freezing.