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Acalypha wilkesiana 'Haleakala'

Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acalypha (ak-uh-LY-fuh) (Info)
Species: wilkesiana (wilk-see-AY-nuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Haleakala

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive LeAnn2797 On Apr 19, 2010, LeAnn2797 from Bowling Green, KY wrote:

I love this plant! I bought it last year, and it grew to 4 ft. Then brought it in for the winter. It lost it's bronze color, but stayed a pretty green. Now it's back outside and getting it's color back. Does anyone know how to propagate this plant? Mine is really top heavy and I need to cut it back, but I don't want to just throw the cuttings away!

Positive zak1962 On May 23, 2008, zak1962 from Pittsburgh, PA wrote:

Grew this plant last year (2007) as an annual and absolutely loved it. It easily topped four feet. Mixed with some pale peach gerbera daisies next to it, it made for a beautiful 'moment' in my garden. See picture to the right.

Neutral macybee On Oct 10, 2007, macybee from Deer Park, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This genus of evergreen shrubs and subshrubs consists of over 400 species from most warmer countries of the world, but only a handful are grown as ornamentals. Some of these are valued for the decorative, narrow spikes of crowded, feathery flowers on the female plants (males are on different plants), while one species is grown only for its showy variegated foliage. The leaves are thin, usually with toothed margins.
Cultivation: They need a sunny to semi-shaded position, well-drained, light soil with plenty of water during summer, and protection from wind. Plants are frost tender Prune lightly to shape in late winter, followed by additional feeding and watering. Propagate from cuttings in summer. Watch for mealybug, red spider mite and white fly.
Acalypha wilkesiana (Fijian Fire Plant, Copper Leaf)
Originating in Fijii and nearby islands, this shrub grows to a height and spread of 10'. With erect stems branching from the base, it is grown for its large, serrated, oval leaves which appear in a wide color range, some with contrasting margins. Inconspicuous tassel-like catkins of reddish bronze flowers appear in summer and fall. It prefers a warm, sheltered position and the foliage colors are best in full sun.
Zones 10-11.


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

Cape Coral, Florida
Delray Beach, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Miami, Florida
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Victoria, Texas

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