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Hybrid Crown Of Thorns

Euphorbia x lomi

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Hybrid Crown Of Thorns (Euphorbia x lomi) at Greenbloom Landscape Design

Hybrid Crown Of Thorns flowers

Hybrid Crown Of Thorns flowers

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Hybrid Crown Of Thorns (Euphorbia x lomi) at Greenbloom Landscape Design

Hybrid Crown Of Thorns in bloom

Hybrid Crown Of Thorns in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  8b

Other Names:  Christ Plant, Euphorbia x lomi

Description:

A visually striking shrub; compact stems are woody and very thorny, crowned with bright green oval leaves; large clusters of flowers in shades of red, yellow, white, and lavender appear seasonally; great for rock gardens, borders or containers

Ornamental Features

Hybrid Crown Of Thorns features showy clusters of pink flowers with yellow overtones 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

Hybrid Crown Of Thorns is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. 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

Hybrid Crown Of Thorns is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Hybrid Crown Of Thorns will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It has a low canopy. 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 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 particular variety is an interspecific hybrid, 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.

Hybrid Crown Of Thorns makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used 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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