Euphorbia fiherenensis, Pencil Tree

Euphorbia fiherenensis

Pencil Tree
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Origin: Madagascar
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunDry conditionsIrritating plant

This species is drought and sun tolerant, even when young. It reaches a height of 5 to 10 feet tall as a large shrub, while some specimens can grow up to 20 feet tall when trained to be a small tree. Euphorbia fiherenensis (Pencil Tree) prefers full sun and dry conditions which can make it a suitable plant for rock gardens and desert gardens in USDA Zones 9-11. It does best when planted outside in the open and away from other plants to prevent competition for the much needed water and sun. The plant should be fertilized lightly in the early spring with a balanced fertilizer and watered deeply, but sparingly during the growing season. It should be kept on the dry side in the winter months. In regions with cold winters, this plant should be grown in a pot and kept indoors to avoid frost damage.

Euphorbia fiherenensis may irritate some individuals when touched due to its sap containing latex molecules, so extra care should be taken when planting and handling the plant. Despite this, it is a beautiful evergreen or semi-evergreen succulent that makes a great addition to any outdoor space. Overall, Euphorbia fiherenensis is an easy-care plant that is perfect for outdoor spaces in dry climates or for container gardening indoors in cold climates.

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