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CODIAEUM variegatum 'Picasso's Paintbrush'

Image of Codiaeum variegatum 'Picasso's Paintbrush'

James H. Schutte

Family

Euphorbiaceae

Botanical Name

CODIAEUM variegatum 'Picasso's Paintbrush'

Plant Common Name

Croton, Picasso's Paintbrush Croton

General Description

Picasso’s Paintbrush croton is a tropical shrub that is native to Malaysia and islands in the western Pacific. The flowers are insignificant but the foliage is very narrow and often times a mix of yellow, bronze, green, and burgundy.

Picasso’s Paintbrush croton is small, slow-growing grows best in well-drained, full sun to partial shade but in hot sunny climates looks best if it is shaded from the hottest sun of the day. They make excellent accent plants and as part of a mixed shrub planting. They look their best if planted where they do not require much pruning. Picasso’s Paintbrush croton is frequently grown as houseplants if not hardy in the region.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    12"-48" / 30.5cm - 121.9cm (18)

  • Width

    1'-5' / 0.3m - 1.5m (2)

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Southeastern Asia, Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Yellow, Orange, Light Green, Dark Green, Light Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Green, Gold, Pink, Rose, Burgundy, Crimson, Dark Red, Copper, Bronze, Orange Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Yellow, Orange, Light Green, Dark Green, Pink, Burgundy, Dark Red, Bronze, Orange Red

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Purple, Orange, Dark Green, Gold, Pink, Burgundy, Dark Red, Bronze, Orange Red

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Yellow, Purple, Orange, Dark Green, Pink, Burgundy, Dark Red, Orange Red

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated, SpottedMottled

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Feature Plant, Foundation, Groundcover, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No