Codiaeum variegatum/Croton

Codiaeum variegatum / Codiaeum variegatum
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Scientific Name: Codiaeum variegatum
Common Name: Croton
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
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Comments: Grown for its leaves with beautiful colors. Many shapes in sizes of leaves have colors that vary from dots, to narrow spots, to broad bands, blended and almost anything one can imagine. Colors vary from white, to green, to yellow, to orange, to red, and maroon. Leaves may have one or many colors. Cannot tolerate freezing temperatures, but is a very popular container plant. Not as well adapted for indoor plantings as many people think because there is usually insufficient light in most interior spaces. Consequently, leaf drop is a serious problem. Aphids, spider mites, and mealy bugs are sometime a problem, especially when growing indoors. Fertilize crotons during the spring, summer and early fall. Large specimens can be overwintered with a minimum protection and care. Keep soil moderately dry during the winter months if storing indoors.