Croton 'Andrew'

Codiaeum variegatum

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



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 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:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly


Grown for foliage



Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

By air layering

By tip layering

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed


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

Big Pine Key, Florida

Miami, Florida

Saint Cloud, Florida

Vero Beach, Florida

Richmond, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 17, 2010, jskyieeyes3 from Saint Cloud, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

i has first started off with fiesta crotons. they had done well and had gotten considerably large. but unfortunetly, they were overtaken by wooly aphids and died. i went to home depot to get some more, when i noticed this variety of croton (which, when i got it the tag simply read "tropical foliage"). i liked the color pattern and the slight curvature to the leaves. (i thought, less places for aphids to hide if this one were to fall victim!) i bought 3 of them and planted them in a window box on my porch. they made it through the frosts and unseasonably cold weather this past winter (on really cold nights i brought them in), but once spring came i moved them outside. i ended up losing 2 of the 3 andrew's. maybe the cold affected them after all, or they weren't getting enough sun, or maybe ... read more


On Jul 14, 2009, plantladylin from (Zone 1) wrote:

I love all Codiaeum/Croton's and am used to seeing the ones with the vivid orange/red/yellow combinations. The variegation of white/green/cream in Andrew's foliage really caught my eye.

This is my second attempt at growing Croton Andrew as a container plant. The first time it succumbed when I was traveling a lot and it didn't get the proper care. This one I've had for about a year. Last winter I moved it into the Florida room with many other plants because we had frosts and a couple of freezes and I don't think it would have survived the extremely cold temp's.


On Dec 23, 2008, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I didn't realize what a fast grower this croton was until I compared my Dec 2008 pic to my May 2007 pic. wow! Mine is a potted patio plant. Because it has made it fine w/o winter protection, I may transplant inground. A low maintenance plant for me. Mine gets sun most of the day but it doesn't get burned or crispy edges.

2010: Did not survive our unusually harsh 2009-2010 winter, despite being a 2' x 2' shrub. I've gotten another one and will overwinter in garage.


On Sep 11, 2005, Tijer from Miami, FL wrote:

A very good grower in full sun. Form is loose and upright. Produces sports from time to time that are throw backs to it's parents. Removing the sport keeps the plant from reverting. Colors on leaves are from bright white on the margins to forest green at the center. The two colors blend to shades of seafoam green, colors not common in crotons. The mother plant was purchased from Home Depot in the spring of 1995 as a 2" angel plant after growing to 8' and a 21" tub it was planted in to the ground 3 years ago in West Kendall, Fla. In heavy soil it never shed a leaf and has added 4' in height.
No Pest Problems

UPDATE 09/03/2007 - Andy Currently stands at about 10'. This bush was laid flat by both Katrina and then Wilma. The point of this is that they where in opposite ... read more