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Scientific Name: Codiaeum variegatum (L.) A. Juss.
Synonym: Croton variegatum
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Croton (Codiaeum  variegatum)
Gold dust croton in an Acapulco hotel garden
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 24-27
USDA: 9-10

Frost Tolerance: Tender in Phoenix, they rarely survive if kept outside in Phoenix in winter

Heat Tolerance: Will take full heat in a humid area of the garden

Sun Exposure: Full sun to shade depending on variety

Origin: Bolivia, Ecuador

Growth Habits: Evergreen shrub, up to 6 feet tall (1.8 m); shiny multicolor variegated leaves in a variety of shape and size

Watering Needs: Abundant water, well drained soil

Propagation: Layering, cuttings

Croton are commonly grown in tropical countries. There are a large numbers of varieties to chose from. They hold the heat well in Phoenix summers, but then need at least afternnon shade.
This is a kind of plant that can be obtained cheaply in the house plant section, and then grow rapidly outside in summer.

Blooming Habits:
White flowers.

Fruiting Habits:

Watch for scales and mealybugs. Use general fertilizer in summer.

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