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Pencil Tree, Pencilbush, Milkbush
Copper King Gazania
Pencil Tree, Pencilbush, Milkbush

Common name:Pencil Tree, Pencilbush, Milkbush
Botanical name:Euphorbia tirucalli

In frost free areas, Euphorbia can become a 30' tree but in colder areas, it is often knocked back by frost. It can be single or multiple trunked. It has green cylindrical branches that are about the diameter of a pencil. Leaves are not usually present. Some people are allergic to the sap. It is tolerant of salt, full sun, part shade and quite drought resistant. It is a great accent plant for a container. This form has light green branches if in full sun.

Copper King Gazania

Common name:Copper King Gazania
Botanical name:Gazania clumping 'Copper King'

This perennial groundcover will grow 6"-10" tall and has soft, grayish green foliage with yellow orange flowers that bloom April through September.

Designer: City of Los Angeles

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Photographer: GardenSoft

Soils and Compost:

Practice grass-cycling by leaving short grass clippings on lawns after mowing, so that nutrients and organic matter are returned to the soil.

Integrated Pest Management:

Remove irrigation water and fertilizer from areas where you don't want weeds to grow.