How to grow Breynia disticha

Breynia disticha grow and care – shrub‎ of the genus Breynia also known as Snow bush plant or Breynia nivosa, Breynia disticha perennial evergreen plant, grow as ornamental plant for the colored leaves and as hedge plant, can grow in tropic, subtropical or mediterranean climate and growing in hardiness zone 10b+ and with the right overwinter care can grow in hardiness zone 10a.

Breynia disticha leaves

Leaves color green with purple, red, white, pink or more than one color, leaves shape elliptic (without sun the leaves won’t be colorful.

Flower color green, flowers small and hidden between the leaves

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How to grow Breynia disticha growing and care:

How to grow:
Frost free (above 5C), moist, mulch (when the plant young)

How to care

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but in order to get specific colors should start from cutting

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Planting season:
Spring in hardiness zone 10a, spring to summer in hardiness zone 10b, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 11, all year in hardiness zone 12+

How to plant:
Dig a hole as deep as the current root ball plus extra 50-90%, put in the hole organic matter, hummus and dried leaves and mix it with some soil, put the plant and loos little bit the root ball above the hole, plant and cover it and don’t push too much strong or lightly, after planting cover with mulch to keep moist on soil, put water, for the next two weeks put every day (better in the morning)

Pests and diseases:
Aphids, mealy-bugs

Pruning season:
Autumn / Winter

How to prune:
Dead leaves and for design

Size of the plant?
0.5-2 m, 2-7 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun colors stronger and showy / Half Shade grow well but without enough sun the color of the leaf will be green

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a pot / planter / flowerpot / containers:
Yes, size of the container 5-15 liter (1.7-4 gallon) possible bigger and also possible to grow it also in small as bonsai, better start with container that bigger than the plant at least 70-90%, need to switch the container to bigger when root ball over grow the container, better to switch in the winter, when the plant arrive to the desirable size of container need to switch the soil once in a few years by new soil when switch to new soil cut roots and prune the plant, need average amount of water with good drainage, soil can be potting mix or peat soil with perlite, better to use bottom for the pot.

Blooming information

Bloom season?
Spring / Summer

General information about the flower:
Green flowers small and hidden between the leaves

Scientific name:
Breynia disticha

Alternative names:
Breynia nivosa, Hawaiian snowbush, Snow bush plant, Breynia plant, Dwarf snowbush, Breynia snow bush

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Blooming Seasons
  • Spring flowers
  • Summer flowers
Flower colors
  • Green flower
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Tropics Climate
Leaf color
  • Pink leaves
  • Purple leaf
  • Red leaves
  • White leaves
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Fast growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Evergreen
  • Perennial plant
  • Shrub
Plant Uses
  • Hedging plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13