Full Sun – Prefers 6 or more hours of sun per day.
Semi Frost Hardy
Semi Frost Hardy – Is Able to Survive Moderately Low Temperatures.
Moderate Watering – Requires Regular Watering.
Pruning Required – Needs to be Pruned.
Copper-leaf / Fijian fire bush
|Uses in landscape design||
Excellent for colour contrast in a mixed border. Makes an ideal hedge at the coast.
Planting: Does best in well-drained, loamy soil. Dig a hole 60cm square and deep. Mix two thirds of the topsoil with one third compost in the bottom of the hole, add one cup of bone meal or superphosphate and mix well.
There are over 200 species of copper-leaf (also known as Jacob’s coat). ‘Blushing Thai’ has small bronze-red leaves with a pink edge, which turn to a soft luminous pink. ‘Java Yellow’ is large, with green, yellow, cream and white variegated foliage. ‘Pink Sport’ is outstanding, with variegated foliage in shades of pink and maroon. ‘Tropica’ has curly, brick-red leaves in shades of carmine and pale green, splashed with olive-green.
- Botanical name: Acalypha wilkesiana
- Common name(s): Copper-leaf / Fijian fire bush
- Categories: Shrubs and Perennials
Fast growing, and suitable for tropical climates. Attractive foliage in shades of red, copper, maroon, yellow and pink, but the flowers are inconspicuous. Neglected plants can be susceptible to mealy bug and red spider mite.
Botanical Pronunciation: ack-uh-LIFE-uh wilk-see-AY-nuh
Acalypha wilkesiana requirements and features
Requires moderate maintenance.