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Euphorbia cooperi

Candelabra Tree

This tall succulent tree is evergreen with spiny candelabra-shaped branches. Due to its spines and toxic sap, it should be kept out of the way of pets and children. Watch for yellow-green flowers in the fall.

Quick Look:

  • Full sun

  • Typical water needs for a succulent. Do not water in the Winter

  • Plant grows up to 20′ (7 m) tall
    Plant grows up to 4′ (1.2 m) wide

  • Zone 10a (Minimum 30° F | -1.1° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagation by stem cuttings and seeds

  • Can be toxic to humans and animals

  • Winter Dormant

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Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Euphorbia cooperi “Candelabra Tree”

Euphorbia cooperi “Candelabra Tree” grows well both indoors and out. It's a great addition to rock gardens. Be careful to plant in an area that isn't easily accessible to pets or children.


“Candelabra Tree” has typical watering needs for a succulent. It's best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Water sparingly in the winter.

Where to Plant

“Candelabra Tree” is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 30° F (-1.1° C), it's best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in full sun.

Plant in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day. If planting indoors, place in a room that gets a lot of sunlight, such as near a southern-facing window (if you're in the Northern Hemisphere).

How to Propagate Euphorbia cooperi “Candelabra Tree”

Euphorbia cooperi “Candelabra Tree”can be propagated from stem cuttings or seeds, although you may experience the best success with stem cuttings.


Euphorbias contain a toxic latex sap that can cause irritation. Please use gloves and goggles when handling this succulent.

To grow Euphorbia cooperi “Candelabra Tree” from cuttings, use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors. Remove a stem from the main plant, and allow it to callous for several days before placing on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out completely.


“Candelabra Tree” seeds should be sown in a well-draining soil. You can grow Euphorbia seeds outdoors if you live in an zone above 9a. If you live in a cooler area, you can begin sowing indoors under a grow light or on a seed mat.