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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Acalypha wilkesiana or "copperleaf shrub" is a perennial or semi-perennial plant, which belongs to the euphorbiaceae family.

Although it is a perennial plant it suffers  with low temperatures, or with the lack of water.

To intensify the brilliant colour of its leaves, place it in a sunny or bright area.
Needs rich soil with good drainage.

Prune Acalypha wilkesiana at the beginning of spring:

- to control growth as it is quite vigorous.

- to provide a nice shape.

- in the case that it has suffered during the winter due to low temperatures.

- to encourage its strength and shine of the leaves.

Copperleaf shrub can be affected by  mites, when the envirorment is dry and warm, aphids, or mealy bugs.

Clean de plant with water to pressure to avoid as much as possible this type of pests.

There are plenty of cultivars of Acalypha Wilkesiana with different shapes and colours of leaves.

Consulted sources, in addition to our experience with this plant:


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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