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By Stan510

Firesticks. (Euphorbia tirucalli (Milk Bush))

The "cactus" behind? I took a chainsaw as it reached at least 15' and had a lean forward. These types are renowned for falling over in winds or wet winter soils. It will now resprout lower and with many more branches.

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Sorry about the mess under it.

4 Jul, 2019


Didn’t really see any mess Stan, beautiful vibrant colour this one. Eye catching!

9 Jul, 2019


It looks great! Is it growing in the ground? It's a very common landscape variety of Euphorbia tirucalli here. I have some many neighbors which have this one.

29 Jul, 2019


Its in the ground. One year vandals or plant thieves broke top branches off. I stuck those in the ground around my B.armata and they are already 2' tall in 3 years?..A bushy 2'+. Those cutting plants are really growing much faster then this plant from a houseplant pot. It hated the peat soils,kept dying back in winter. Much better now.
Andy,I have only seen one other Firesticks in a front yard. But! it was a doozy. Like 6 ' tall and wide. But,that 6' topped. So were the sides pruned to fit that spot.
One thing,it was mostly the all green pencil tree DNA..with only slight color or orange to tips. No doubt that's why it was so robust.
Other than that? I haven't seen a single all red Sticks in the bay area's front yards.

29 Jul, 2019


It's funny, I was never able to grow a pencil bush in the SF Bay Area when I lived there. I had several and they would always die! It was always the green form that I grew, I never tried growing this variety.

5 Aug, 2019


Things have changed. This might be the first time we had back to back frostless winters in Hayseeds Andy. I'm not on any elevation for sure. I think I'm 30' above sea level so no frost drain if we have it.
This is the largest its gotten.

5 Aug, 2019


It'll most likely grow to at least 15' tall. I have the green form in my back yard which needs to be cut down. It's gotten so, so out of control! Be very careful of the sap getting in your eyes, as it can blind you!

10 Aug, 2019

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