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Cuidados de la planta Euphorbia dendroides o Lechetrezna arbórea.

Care of the shrub Euphorbia dendroides or Tree spurge

The genus Euphorbia, family Euphorbiaceae, comprises about 7,000 species of succulents, herbaceous and shrub plants of cosmopolitan distribution. Some shrub species are: Euphorbia dendroides, Euphorbia lambiiEuphorbia piscatoriaEuphorbia regis-jubae, Euphorbia umbellata, Euphorbia pulcherrima, Euphorbia cotinifolia, Euphorbia milii, Euphorbia characias,  Euphorbia rigida, Euphorbia leucocephala, Euphorbia anachoreta, Euphorbia tithymaloides.

Common name: Tree spurge. This species is native to the Mediterranean region.

They are slow-growing, spherical shrubs that reach 3 meters (9.84 feet) in height and width. The oblong-lanceolate leaves are light green in color and turn reddish after flowering. In summer they can lose their leaves if they suffer drought. They produce showy inflorescences with yellow bracts at the end of the branches. They bloom in early spring.

Tree spurge is used as isolated specimens, in rockery, on sunny slopes, in bushy groups and in pots for patios and terraces.

Euphorbia dendroides needs full sun exposure and a frost-free climate. It does not resist temperatures below 5 ºC (41 ºF).

Tree spurge grows in any soil that has excellent drainage, even on sandy, stony and rocky soils.

Water moderately in spring and fall; in summer it come to rest and you only have to water them once a month. In winter it can keep up with the rains.

Euphorbia dendroides does not need fertilizers or pruning.

Tree spurge is a quite resistant plant to the usual pests and diseases but sensitive to excessive watering.

Euphorbia dendroides is propagated from seeds sown in spring and by cuttings. Be careful with the irritating latex they produce.

Images of the shrub Euphorbia dendroides or Tree spurge

Euphorbia dendroides
Euphorbia dendroides
Euphorbia dendroides