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Croton

Codiaeum spp.

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

H1b

RHS hardiness

10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2m

Max

1.5m

50cm

Min

50cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Croton Overview

Codiaeum is a genus containing around 16 evergreen perennial shrub species, grown for their leathery, shiny, attractive foliage which ranges in colour from shades of green to yellow, orange and red. Commonly cultivated as houseplants, this genus is from south-east Asia, Papuasia and Northern Australia. Flowers differ in appearance, with male flowers coloured white, 5-petaled, with 20-30 stamens, while female flowers are yellow coloured and have no petals. Both are borne on the same inflorescences, growing 8-30cm long. This genus has been widely cultivated for its foliage and cultivars vary in leaf size, shape and appearance. The foliage may aggravate allergies for those with sensitive skin.

Common problems with Croton

How to propagate Croton

Cuttings

Softwood cuttings should be rooted in summer.

Layering

Air layer in spring.

Special features of Croton

Attractive leaves

Autumn colour

Other uses of Croton

Grown for their foliage.

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