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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry


Breynia genus. These are evergreen shrubs and trees, which are grown for their coloured foliage; the leaves are oval and will grow alternately. The flowers and fruits are both rather inconspicuous and will grow on tough little stems and twigs. They are frost tender, min 13C and will need full light or partial shade and fertile, well drained soil. You should water the containerized plants freely when in full growth and moderately at other times. You can propagate by greenwood or semi-ripe cuttings in the summer. Watch out for whitefly, red spider mite and mealy bug which may become troublesome.


Evergreens, Shrubs or Trees


Asia & Australia

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage. Suitable for coastal conditions.


Large bushes should be cut back hard after flowering.


Greenwood or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Whitefly, red spider mite and mealy bug may be troublesome.

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