Acalypha wilkesiana

Acalypha wilkesiana is a very nice shrub of striking leaves in red bronze or yellow green, much more appreciated in gardening for its high ornamental value.
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Welcome to González Nurseries: Your Destination for Exotic Plants


Welcome to González Nurseries, where you'll find a wide selection of exotic and beautiful plants to enhance your garden! We are proud to introduce the fascinating Acalypha wilkesiana, a perennial or semi-perennial shrub belonging to the Euphorbiaceae family.

History and Origin:

Acalypha wilkesiana is native to tropical and subtropical regions, where it has been appreciated for centuries for its distinctive beauty and resilience in warm climates.


- Location:* Prefers areas with direct sunlight or partial shade.

- Soil:* Requires rich soil with good drainage for healthy growth.

- Watering:* Sensitive to prolonged water scarcity; keep the soil slightly moist.

- Pruning:* It is recommended to prune it at the beginning of spring to control its growth, shape it, and promote its vigor and brightness.


- The leaves of Acalypha wilkesiana display a wide range of colors, from deep red to coppery, with shades of green and yellow, giving it a unique exotic appearance.

- It is sensitive to low temperatures and may suffer damage if exposed to them for extended periods.

Pests and Diseases:

Acalypha wilkesiana can be affected by mites and mealybugs, especially in dry and warm environments. Regular cleaning with water pressure is recommended to prevent infestations.


At González Nurseries, we offer a wide range of cultivars of Acalypha wilkesiana, each with its own characteristics and unique colors, so you can find the perfect plant for your garden.

Visit us and discover the beauty and charm of Acalypha wilkesiana and many more exotic plants at González Nurseries!

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Data sheet

Acalypha Wilkesiana, Cooperleaf, Jacob's coat
Pacific Islands
Between 0,60 a 1.20mtrs.approx., but it can be higher than 2.00mtrs.
Reddish copper colour leaves, or green. More red while more sun.
Not of interest.
Sun to partial shade
Moderated irrigation. Moist soils to keep erected leaves. Avoid the plant to stay in soggy soils.
In groups in the garden,and to make hedges in sheltered areas that are not too exposed to cold. Even inside, with plenty of light and warm environment.
It's a plant for warm areas. Suffers with the cold, so it should be trimmed in spring if it has suffered during the winter.
Being the product a living plant and depending on the season, this plant could be received, in some cases, not exactly the same as in the photography, but as similar as possible, without impacting on quality of the same.

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