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Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Information Sheet

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Euphorbia tirucalli-Pencil Cactus

In frost free areas can become a 30' tree but in colder areas is often knocked back by frost. Can be single or multiple trunked. Green cylindrical branches are about the diameter of a pencil. Leaves are not usually present.  Some people are allergic to the sap. Tolerant of full sun or part shade and quite drought resistant as well as salt tolerant. African native. Great accent plant for a pot as well.

Webmaster & Author George Hull Last Updated August 10, 2003