UCCE Master Gardeners of Orange County
University of California
UCCE Master Gardeners of Orange County


Shrub- California Copperleaf

California Copperleaf Acalypha californica c2008 by Ken Gilliland
Common Name: California Copperleaf

Botanical Name: Acalypha californica

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Description: Evergreen shrub, native to Baja and San Diego

Sun: Full sun to partial shade

Water: Needs watering every 1-2 weeks until established, then little water

Soil: Any; tolerates clay soils

Habit and form: Perennial shrub that can grow to 3 feet high and wide; stems are red colored; growth habit rounded, loose. Can be used in planter boxes or as low hedge

Flower type: Catkin-type flower clusters

Flower color & bloom season: Red; blooms in summer months or more often with periodic watering

Pruning time & method: Pruning generally not required; prune in winter as needed to maintain shape. Can be pruned to form a low hedge

Comments: Cold hardy to 28 degrees F. Can be used as annual in cold areas

References: Theodore Payne Native Plant Library


Top of page

If you can’t find the answer on the site, don’t despair! We also have the capacity to personally assist you through our hotline.  Just contact us by email or by phone (voicemail) at 949 809-9760 and we will respond to your inquiry.
UCCE Master Gardeners of Orange County, California

Weeds/PestsOrnamental PlantsEdible PlantsSoils/Fertilizers/CompostGeneral Gardening | Contact Us
MG Sign-in

Webmaster Email: remusser@ucanr.edu