Euphorbia cotinifolia (Caribbean Copper Plant) - In our climate this is a deciduous tropical shrub that is fast growing often 8 to 10 ft. tall, but can grow upwards to 18 ft. tall and be trained as a small tree. The upright gray purplish stems hold on long petioles the thin, slightly fleshy and ovate shaped leaves that have a beautiful coppery reddish purple color. Flowering occurs in late spring to mid-summer and while the tiny flowers at branch tips are not showy, the small cream to pale yellow bracts stand out attractively out against the red foliage. Plant in a well-drained soil in bright shade to full coastal sun with low to moderate water. Really best along our southern California coast as inland sun can burn foliage and when shaded the foliage is greener. The coastal areas are also less prone to hard frost which can be very damaging to this plant.