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African Milk Tree

Dramatic plant with thorny, green or red-blushed stems brings a strong vertical presence to the garden or houseplant display. In tropical climates African milk tree makes an excellent hedge or bold statement in a mixed planting. Where not hardy, grow as a houseplant or in a patio container, and winter indoors in a bright location. Plants grown indoors will stay smaller.

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Plant Details

  • Common name

    African Milk Tree

  • Botanical name

    Euphorbia trigona

  • Variety


  • Zone

    USDA Zone 11 (40°F) to USDA Zone 11 (40°F)

  • Light


  • Height

    3-6ft (0.9-1.8 m)

  • Habit


  • Feed

    Fertilize with an all-purpose fertilizer

  • Water

    Water thoroughly, dry out moderately between waterings

  • Bloom Color


  • Bloom Time

    Grown for foliage

  • Maintenance

    Mulch to reduce weeds

This plant also belongs to the following collections:

  • Karla G.'s collection