Pencil Cactus

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Characteristics

Species: tirucalli

Other Species Names: Pencil Tree

Plant Height: 12-72 in.

Spread: 12-48 in.

Evergreen: Yes

Plant Form: Upright

Summer Foliage Color: Green

Minimum Sunlight: Bright

Maximum Sunlight: Bright

Ornamental Features

Pencil Cactus has temporary, tiny leaves on its youngest stalks, and these stalks remain green for many months. The plant appears to be a tree of green pencils, which provides its common name.

Landscape Attributes

Pencil Cactus is a succulent with an upright growth habit. This is a very low maintenance plant. It has no significant negative characteristics. Pencil Cactus is the go-to plant for those who do not want to fuss over plants. It is practically carefree.

Planting & Growing

Pencil Cactus grows to about 1 to 6 feet tall and about 1-4 feet wide. It is a strongly upright plant and will become large with age. This shrub should be grown in full sunlight, but benefits from afternoon shading. It does require minimal moisture, but as a Cactus can withstand being dry. It will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH as long as it drains completely. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. Pencil Cactus grows at a moderate rate into a large, upright tree-form plant with minimalist sculptural qualities.