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Euphorbia trigona - African Milk Tree


Euphorbia trigona - African Milk Tree (Euphorbia trigona - African Milk Tree)

This African Milk Tree was around 11 feet/ 3.4 meters tall. This was located in the same lady's house who has all the wondeful fruit trees.
Photo taken May 9, 2009.



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Wow, it's huge!

11 May, 2009

 

Tasteyg:

Yes, this is a pretty large African Milk Tree. Typically they top out at 8 feet/ 2.5 meters tall...although I've seen some very old ones 13 feet tall/ 4 meters tall in the ground.

11 May, 2009

 

WOnder how they got the name? does it produce a milky fluid or something.

22 May, 2009

 

Lindak:

Yes, it does, when damaged...which is very commom for plants in the Euphorbiaceae family.

22 May, 2009

 

So is that an irritant to the skin then?

24 May, 2009

 

Lindak:

I think some species of Euphorbia are irritants to the skin and others are not.

24 May, 2009

 

Wonderful shape tall and slender.

3 Feb, 2011

 

Sixpence:

Yes, it is...I have one which is about 10 years old and is 6ft/2m tall.

4 Feb, 2011

 

Well done Andy do they take long to grow that tall.

4 Feb, 2011

 

Sixpence:

Mine is growing in the house (one of my few houseplants). It would be much larger if it was growing in the ground.

4 Feb, 2011

 

Bet it looks lovely indoors, funny how some plants grow better in pot than others.

4 Feb, 2011

 

Sixpence:

It actually grows better outdoors (more sun). However, it's one of the few plants which I can grow indoors without getting bugs.

5 Feb, 2011

 

That is a shame you can only grow a certain kind indoors.

5 Feb, 2011

 

Sixpence:

Yes, I get lots of spider mites on my plants indoors.

5 Feb, 2011

 

Can't you spray with soapy water like we do here for green fly.

5 Feb, 2011

 

Sixpence:

Unfortunately, it's always a loosing battle. :>(

6 Feb, 2011

 

What a shame Andy perhaps you might find other plants that don't attract the spider mites

6 Feb, 2011

 

Yes, most of the plants I use as houseplants are pretty
spider mite resistant.

7 Feb, 2011

 

Thats great then at least you can have some

7 Feb, 2011

 

I have trigona 'rubra'. They have taken all cold over the years...except for '98...when we had 28f or so for a few mornings. I started again a few years later,its about 5' in a big pot.
Funny thing about rubra,Andy?..its darker- almost black stemmed- in shade then in sun. I have had people tell me that's wrong..but I have the plant-lol. I know.

11 Oct, 2014

 

I've seen this plant grow in the Bay Area. It's does well. I do remember the cold of 98'' it wasn't horrible; however, it was cold enough to damage my very large Dypsis decaryi. I had it in a gigantic pot and gave it away when I moved here to San Diego.

12 Oct, 2014



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