Candelabra tree

Euphorbia ingens


The Candelabra tree is a unique succulent-type plant that can reach 15-25 ft. tall when planted in the ground. It can also be grown in raised planters and large pots where it will mature at smaller sizes. Each stem has several distinctive ridges that have rows of spines; Small clusters of yellow-green flowers accent the vertical ribs of branches in spring.

Candelabra tree is native to coastal and inland parts of South Africa where it grows in dry and rocky habitats. With age, it becomes a sculptural specimen plant that is used as a focal element and in southwestern garden themes on well-drained soils. It is able to store moisture from winter rains and needs only periodic summer irrigation.

Plant Type: Tree
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Upright, Low-branching, Irregular branching, Compact
Growth Rate: Slow
Foliage Color: Medium green
Flower Color: Green
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Rocky soil
Exposure Adaptations: Morning sun, Drought, All day sun
Function: Specimen, Rock gardens, Residential spaces, Raised planters, Foundations, Foliage accent plant, Background plant
Height: 15 ft. – 25 ft.
Width: 5 ft. – 15 ft.