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An upright, nearly leafless succulent with brownish old growth; small clusters of yellow flowers appear in late spring to early summer at the end of bright green stems; an interesting textural plant for dry sunny areas.
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Other Species Names: syn. Euphorbia laro, Milk Bush, Finger Tree
Plant Height: 360 in.
Spread: 120 in.
Plant Form: upright spreading
Summer Foliage Color: green
Minimum Sunlight: partial shade
Maximum Sunlight: full sun
Pencil Tree features dainty clusters of buttery yellow flowers with red overtones at the ends of the branches from late spring to early summer. It has inconspicuous green foliage, but the succulent narrow stems are highly ornamental and remain green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Pencil Tree is a dense multi-stemmed tropical evergreen tree with an upright spreading habit of growth, most often grown as an indoor houseplant. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other plants with less refined foliage.This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and can be pruned at any time of year to maintain shape. It has no significant negative characteristics.Pencil Tree is recommended for the following landscape applications;AccentMass PlantingGeneral Garden UseContainer Planting
Planting & Growing
Pencil Tree will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet in its native habitat. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground. It grows at a medium rate.This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. This species is not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by division.Pencil Tree is a fine choice for the home or patio, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.