Environmental Horticulture Dept. University of Florida
EUPHORBIA cotinifolia 'Burgundy Wine'
Plant Common Name
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The robust dark red foliage of Caribbean copper makes a terrific accent for gardens in warm climates. A tender woody shrub to small tree from Central and South America, it becomes deciduous in winter only if weather becomes very cool and dry. The leaves are rounded or oval in shape, colored a powdery deep red with tones of copper. During the warm months the stem tips will display small clusters of white flowers. The bark is light gray and smooth, and if cut, will exude milky latex that may be a skin irritant.
Grow Caribbean copper in full to partial sun exposures in a very well-drained, sandy, acidic to neutral pH soil. It will grow more quickly and lushly if it is kept moist in the heat of the tropical summer, and if subjected to too much water or flooding it will drop its leaves and then rot, perhaps recovering only when soil dries. Lowest branches can be removed to train the plant to become an upright small tree, and a multi-stemmed shrub can be cut back hard in late spring and allowed to rejuvenate and remain a smaller, densely-foliage plant. Avoid contact with the milky latex of the leaves and stems, making certain not to get it close to your eyes. Cultivar ‘Atropurpurea’ is a widely grown selection that has richer red-purple foliage.
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter