Croton
Codiaeum variegatum 'Aureo-maculatum'

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

Category:

Perennials

Shrubs

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

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:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Variegated

Chartreuse/Yellow

Smooth-Textured

Mottled

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Provides winter interest

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

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

Big Pine Key, Florida

Boca Raton, Florida

Cape Coral, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Miami, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jul 30, 2012, RichnSD from Lake San Marcos, CA wrote:

My croton is still small- the first one I've grown. I noticed the leaves were kind of small, so I added some zinc fertilizer which helped a lot. Now the leaves are bigger and shinier.

Positive

On Jun 14, 2005, handbright from Coral Springs, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

This plant is in deep shade all winter here, zone 10b. In the summer it is in full 12 o'clock high and on to sunset western sun. This is the only plant that I have found that will tolerate the heat of summer, and yet put up with the dark of winter, in this zone. The root temp remains fairly constant however, as it is planted in a garden bed island that is sunk in a brick patio surround and grown (fairly) close to the house. A great problem solver foundation plant for this type location. (Other croton have not faired as well in this space).