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Breynia disticha

Snow Bush

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Breynia disticha (Snow Bush) is a small tree or shrub growing to a height of 5 to 8 feet (243.84 cm). Breynia disticha develops a vase-shaped to rounded-shaped, dense crown. The tree’s main trunks have a gray smooth bark, while the branchlets are reddish. Also, the leaves are variegated, purple, red, pink, white, two-ranked on either side, simple, entire, ovate to obovate, and 1 to 2 inches (5.08 cm) long.

Furthermore, you can find the Greenish-White, pedal-less, inconspicuous flowers, borne in axillary clusters. The fruits of the Snow bush are round red fleshy berries about 3/8 inch wide. For propagation purposes, use seeds, cuttings and sucker divisions. Importantly, the leaves have medicinal uses. Feel free to Grow Snow bush in various well-drained soil types. A light application of fertilizer stimulates foliage growth.

When given enough space to expand its canopy, a single, unpruned specimen forms an attractive vase shape. Its branches are flexible enough to drape over a wall in the landscape. Snowbush will grow well on a wide range of soils but requires a full sun position in the landscape to maintain dense growth. It’s important to note that this plant is tolerant of light, sandy soils but will not tolerate salt. Vigorous growth with regular, light fertilizer applications allows the new foliage to show its character and color. Although caterpillars and mites may be troublesome pests for snowbush, this plant is not susceptible to any major diseases.

Breynia disticha (Snow Bush) is pruned to form a small tree or hedge. It is a striking specimen or accent plant in gardens or patios. You can also use it as a border plant, or outdoors in a container. It also makes an attractive bonsai plant.

Additional information


25 gal., 45 gal., 65 gal., 100 gal., 200 gal., 300 gal.

Florida Native

No, Not FL Native


New Caledonia, Vanuatu

Flowering Season


Drought Tolerance

Moderate Drought Tolerance

Light Requirements

Full Sun to Partial Shade

Salt Tolerance

Low Salt Tolerance

Flower Color

Green to White



Plant Type


Common Name

Snow Bush