Acalypha is also known as Copperleaf, Copperleaf is a remarkable plant that has leaves that are more colourful than many flowers. It grows as a spreading evergreen shrub with upright branches that tend to originate near the base. It can get up to 10 ft tall with a similar spread. Alternately arranged leaves are elliptic to oval and multi-colored. The flowers are small and inconspicuous, in 4-8 in long, somewhat drooping, green racemes often hidden in the foliage. Many cultivars are available with different leaf forms and colours. Acalypha wilkesiana 'Marginata' has coppery-green leaves with pink or crimson margins. 'Macrophylla' has larger leaves, variegated with bronze, cream, yellow and red. The leaves of 'Musaica' are mottled with orange and red. 'Godseffiana' has narrow, drooping leaves with cream-coloured margins. Copperleaf is native to Fiji and neighbouring South Pacific islands, widely cultivated in India
Fiji And South Pacific islands
Copperleaf, Joseph's coat, Fire-dragon
CARING & GROWING:
Acalypha is very easy to grow tropical plants that require little care. They add a wonderful accent to any outdoor space, garden or patio. In very cold zones a containerized Acalypha can be brought inside for the winter months. Most will survive a very light frost and quickly return to normal in spring. In the northern end of their grow zone Acalypha plants should be brought indoors or protected with mulch during the winter months. When you receive your new Acalypha there is no need to worry about planting right away. Your new plant can be stored for a while by simply placing it in a bucket with about a half-inch of water in the bottom and moving it to a shady location. You can then add some mulch to the bucket to keep your plant standing upright. The mulch will also supply nutrients while in storage. This will give you plenty of time to select the ideal location for your new Acalypha.
Most Acalypha trees do well with pruning. They are in the same family as the rubber tree, so when a branch is cut the tree will leak a milky latex substance. Dull trimmers can help with this. The tree may be trimmed throughout the year. For the leaf, reduction wait until a shoot has 6-10 leaves then trim down to 2-4 leaves.
This bonsai needs to be wired while the shoots are still flexible. Once the branches lignify it becomes difficult to train them. Check the wire often as fig trees are very vulnerable to scarring.