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Acalypha wilkesiana

Painted copperleaf

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Features

  • BloomsApril to September
  • Height2m to 3m
  • Spread1m to 3m
  • Speed of GrowthFast
  • Growth HabitBroad bushy
  • Flower ColourReddish bronze
  • Leaf ColourDeep green-red variegated pink

Description

Acalypha wilkesiana (Painted copperleaf). This evergreen shrub has attractive foliage of oval serrated leaves in coppery tones as they mature, edged and splashed with red. The new leaf growth is deep green and makes a nice contrast to the older bronze foliage. Inconspicuous tassel-like catkins of reddish bronze flowers appear in summer and autumn.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

Pacific Islands

Interest and use

Ornamental.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessTropical (min 17°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Light
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

It may be grown outdoors in mild climate areas or in a greenhouse in colder areas. To promote better branching and a fuller growth the stem tips are usually removed during the growing season. In general, frequent pruning is recommended to maintain a good shape. It will need regular watering in the growing season and less during other times of the year. Frost tender

Propagation

Regular pruning will help maintain a good shape.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Mealy bug, whitefly, red spider mite.

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