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Hawaiian Snowbush, Redleaf Breynia, Snow Bush, Snow-on-the-Mountain, Sweetpea Bush, Ice Cream Bush 'Roseo-picta'

Breynia disticha

Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Breynia (BRAY-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: disticha (DIS-tik-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Roseo-picta


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Green


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Winter


Grown for foliage



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fallbrook, California

Huntington Beach, California

Villa Park, California

Mount Dora, Florida

Saint Cloud, Florida

Vero Beach, Florida

Haiku, Hawaii

Mandeville, Louisiana

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 17, 2012, FallbrookGardnr from Fallbrook, CA wrote:

I have planted many of these bushes in several homes over a 17 year period, Santa Ana, Anaheim & Villa Park, California. They are a wonderful "showy" bush. They like acidic soil to start so use peat moss to start. The more sun they get the more pink & colorful. I planted on west & south facing side of house. You can trim/cut to shape bush, hedge to keep uniform, or let it grow to over 6'.
I like it as a hedge border under windows. Trimming & hedging will keep bush compact. If left to grow tall it gets leggy. You can NOT use cuttings for anything, they wilt within 30 minutes. After it is established (a year or 2) you will begin to see sucker plant coming up. You can dig up suckers and re-plant where ever you want more. Plant right away after digging up or they will go into shock, ver... read more