Craigieburn Wood Spurge
Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Craigieburn'
Craigieburn Wood Spurge foliage
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Height: 3 feet
Spacing: 15 inches
Hardiness Zone: 5b
This selection provides excellent contrast in the garden or in pots, with its deep maroon new foliage showing off against the deep dark green leaves that take on a red-purple blush in cooler weather; vivid lime green blooms in spring and early summer
Craigieburn Wood Spurge has masses of beautiful cymes of lime green round flowers with chartreuse overtones at the ends of the stems from mid spring to early summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its attractive narrow leaves emerge coppery-bronze in spring, turning dark green in color with showy burgundy variegation and tinges of purple. As an added bonus, the foliage turns gorgeous shades of dark red and in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Craigieburn Wood Spurge is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Craigieburn Wood Spurge is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Craigieburn Wood Spurge will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 15 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 8 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Craigieburn Wood Spurge is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.