Euphorbia cooperi: How to Grow and Care for Candelabra Tree

Euphorbia cooperi Candelabra Tree

Scientific name: Euphorbia cooperi

Common name: Candelabra Tree

The tree is evergreen and has spiny candelabra-shaped branches. It should be kept out of the way of pets and children. There are yellow-green flowers in the fall.

Quick Look at Euphorbia cooperi

  • 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

General Care for Euphorbia cooperi “Candelabra Tree”

The candelabra tree grows well both indoors and out. It’s a great addition to the rock gardens. Don’t plant in an area that isn’t easy to access for pets or children.


The watering needs for a succulent are typical. The “soak and dry” method will allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Water in the winter.

Where to Plant

If you live in a zone that gets colder than 30 F (- 1.1 C), it’s best to plant this plant in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well under the sun.

You can plant in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, place a room that gets a lot of sunlight near a southern-facing window.

How to Propagate Euphorbia cooperi “Candelabra Tree”

You may experience the best success with stem cuttings if you want to grow the chestnut tree.


There is a toxic latex sap that can cause irritation. Gloves and goggles are required for handling this succulent.

Use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors to grow the tree. Allow the main plant’s stem to callous for several days before placing it on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out.


The seeds of the Candelabra Tree should be sown in a well-draining soil. If you live above 9a, you can grow Euphorbia seeds outdoors. If you live in a cooler area, you can sow indoors under a grow light or on a seed mat.


  1. Euphorbia cooperi (Candelabra Tree) – Wikipedia

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