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Tall White Crown Of Thorns

Euphorbia milii 'Tall White'

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Tall White Crown Of Thorns (Euphorbia milii 'Tall White') at Greenbloom Landscape Design

Tall White Crown Of Thorns flowers

Tall White Crown Of Thorns flowers

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Tall White Crown Of Thorns (Euphorbia milii 'Tall White') at Greenbloom Landscape Design

Tall White Crown Of Thorns in bloom

Tall White Crown Of Thorns in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  6 feet

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  8b

Other Names:  Christ Plant, Christ Thorn

Description:

A visually striking shrub; vertically upright stems are woody and very thorny, crowned with bright green oval leaves; blooms seasonally with clusters of cream flowers; it really lights up the garden or borders; also great for rock gardens

Ornamental Features

Tall White Crown Of Thorns features showy clusters of creamy white flowers with buttery yellow eyes held atop the branches from early spring to late fall. It has attractive green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The oval leaves are highly ornamental and remain green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Tall White Crown Of Thorns is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spiny

Tall White Crown Of Thorns is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Tall White Crown Of Thorns will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. 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.

Tall White Crown Of Thorns makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use 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. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, this plant may be too tender to survive the winter if left outdoors in a container. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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