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EUPHORBIA cotinifolia 'Burgundy Wine'

Image of Euphorbia cotinifolia 'Burgundy Wine'

Environmental Horticulture Dept. University of Florida

Family

Euphorbiaceae

Botanical Name

EUPHORBIA cotinifolia 'Burgundy Wine'

Plant Common Name

Cotinus-leaved Spurge

Special Notice

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General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 9

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    8'-15' / 2.4m - 4.6m

  • Width

    10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Central America, South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Red, Dark Red, Copper

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Red, Copper

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Red, Copper

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Red, Copper, Orange Red

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No