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PlantFiles: Croton
Codiaeum variegatum 'Rheedii'

Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Codiaeum (koh-dih-EE-um) (Info)
Species: variegatum (var-ee-GAY-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Rheedii

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
By simple layering
By air layering
By tip layering

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative palmbob On Aug 29, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant can ALMOST make in my area of Southern California... if the winter is really warm, the burnt leaves fall off and the new ones replace it. However, most of the winters have been too cold for it here. It does very well near the coast of So Cal, but not so good inland.

Positive crotonmania On Jan 21, 2003, crotonmania from Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:

Crotons are a very simple plant to grow, They thrive in warm climates, Will grow in all types of soil. Plant is very hardy, Air layering or stem cuttings will produce a plant rooted in about 4 weeks. There are many different varieties, colors,leaf shape everyone different. There mostly known for there breath taking colored leaves.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mobile, Alabama
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Sugar Land, Texas

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