3 to 8 feet
|10B through 11|
Commonly known as Caroton.
This evergreen shrub has sensational foliage and used as a houseplant. Produces thick leathery and shiny leaves. It is an outstanding plant having outstanding ornamental features and could be planted more.
Few shrubs are available with as great a variety of beautiful
leaf colors and shape as Croton. From ribbon-like
strands to long, broad leaves, Croton offers a multitude of
choices. Color patterns range from multicolored spots to
irregular color patches or solid-colored leaves with contrasting
veins. Virtually any color combination is possible, depending
upon cultivar. Capable of reaching 12 feet in height, Croton is
usually seen at three to five feet in height and is well-suited to
use as a foundation, accent, specimen, or container planting.
There are fine examples of Croton used as a hedge but this
much color in a landscape is sometimes overpowering to the
Croton displays its best leaf color when grown in full sun
but can tolerate light, dappled shade. Croton is tolerant of a
wide range of soils as long as it is well-drained.
Its root stats to rot in poorly-drained soils.
Propagation is by air-layering or cuttings.
Scales, thrips, mealybugs, and mites.
Height: 3 to 8 feet
Spread: 3 to 6 feet
Plant habit: upright; oval
Plant density: moderate
Growth rate: slow
Leaf arrangement: spiral
Leaf type: simple
Leaf margin: lobed; undulate
Leaf shape: ovate
Leaf venation: pinnate
Leaf type and persistence: evergreen
Leaf blade length: 4 to 8 inches
Leaf color: yellow; purple or red
Fall color: no fall color change
Fall characteristic: not showy
Trunk/bark/branches:not particularly showy; typically multi-trunked or clumping stems