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Commonly known as African Candelabra, Ammak grows into a small tree potentially around 6m in height.

Becomes a real statement plant as it grows and is ideal for xeriscape and architectural minimalist gardens.

The creamy coloring interspersed with light green makes this an excellent contrast plant.

Plant Size:

Height:3mCan grow taller, particularly where competing for light


Ultimately grows into a small candelabra shaped tree of around 4-6m





Light Requirementfull sun, loves heatDeciduous in colder climates in winter

Light Requirement

full sun preferred, but can handle light shade 

Disease and pest resistance:good

Disease and pest resistance:

good, just keep an eye out for mealy bug and possibly scale

Coastal Suitability:Yes

Coastal Suitability:


Soil Type:gritty, free draining, slightly acidic

Soil Type:

Free draining

Cold & Frost Tolerance:not cold tolerantit is said to survive down to -6.7C but we would suggest damage will occur well before that

Cold & Frost Tolerance:

Not frost tolerant

Growth Rate:in ground -moderatepotted - slower

Growth Rate:

moderately fast

Water Requirement:water during summer but allow to dry between watering, minimal winter watering required

Water Requirement:

water during summer but allow to dry between watering, keep dry in winter

Suitability For containerlarge potsEnsure large specimens are in stable pots as the water content of the trunk makes the plant quite heavy

Suitability For container

large pots

Ensure large specimens are in sufficiently large and stable pots

Spikes:AbsolutelyTake care where you plant these. Ensure out of reach of young children and inebriated party goers!


Not too much to be concerned about BUT like all Euphorbias, the sap is toxic, so always wear gloves and eye protection when handling these plants



Yemen, Saudi Arabian Peninsula


Sun grownYes

Sun grown



Multi-branched specimens can be damaged in strong winds by the branches hitting each other, protected locations obviously minimise this risk


*Milky sap (when plant is damaged or cut) can cause irritation to eyes and skin. Always use gloves and eye protection when working with this plant*.


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