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African milk bush
Scientific Name: Synadenium compactum 'Ruby' Hook. f.
Family: Euphorbiaceae
African milk bush (Synadenium  compactum 'Ruby')
as "Synadenium grantii 'Rubrum'" in the Boyce-Thompson Arboretum greenhouse
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 21-254
USDA: 10-12

Frost Tolerance: Keep above 32F (0C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Origin: Eastern Africa

Growth Habits: Shrub to small tree, up to 16 feet tall (5 m); thick stems exuding a white poisonous milk when damaged; fleshy leaves 5 to 7 inches long (12-18 cm)

Watering Needs: Moderate water, good drainage

Propagation: Cuttings

As most plants of the Euphorbia family, its sap is corrosive and poisonous. All the other parts of the plant are also poisonous.

Blooming Habits:
Red flowers

Fruiting Habits:

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