Copperleaf is a bold tropical foliage shrub that makes an eye-catching foundation plant or a perfect plant to place in front of a fence or around a pool enclosure. Copperleaf has mottled bronze-reddish leaves with splashes of pink, maroon, and white. There are several varieties so you can pick the color palette that best suits your design needs. Pair with other tropical plants like the orange bird of paradise, heliconia, and crossandra to create a vibrant garden design.
Copperleaf plants love direct sunlight for about 6 to 8 hours a day. High light will trigger the plant to produce colorful foliage. When planting, select a location with good drainage and fertile soil, amend the soil if necessary with organic matter such as peat or cow manure. This plant is best suited for zones 10 and above since it is cold-sensitive. If planted in zone 9, protect it during cold snaps.
Some of our favorites: Acalypha wikesiana ‘Coral Blaze,’ Acalypha wikesiana ‘Coral Glow’
Note: These plants are grown for decorative purposes and are not intended for human or animal consumption
Outstanding Features: Heart-shaped leaves, bold color foliage
Copperleaf Plant, Jacob’s coat
No significant flower
Water consistently until established then as needed.
10 and above, 9 if protected from frost
Well-balanced fertilizer throughout the growing season
Up to 8 feet tall
In zones 8 and lower, use as a container plant or as an annual in the landscape
Duranta, lantana, Ixora