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CODIAEUM variegatum 'Petra'

Image of Codiaeum variegatum var. pictum 'Petra'

Family

Euphorbiaceae

Botanical Name

CODIAEUM variegatum var. pictum 'Petra'

Plant Common Name

Croton, Petra Croton

General Description

The petra croton is a tropical shrub native to Malaysia and islands in the eastern Pacific. The flowers are white but insignificant. The foliage of the petra croton has broad leaves that variate in color between pink, red, orange, yellow, and green with the veins often times being a lighter color. This is one of the most common cultivars for both indoor and outdoor use.

Crotons grow in full sun to shade but in hot sunny climates looks best if it is shaded from the hottest sun of the day. Crotons 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. Make sure crotons receive ample light indoors to retain leaves and brighter foliage coloration.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 12

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    3'-6' / 0.9m - 1.8m (4)

  • Width

    2'-5' / 0.6m - 1.5m (3)

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    South-Eastern Asia, Southeastern Asia, Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Yellow, Light Green, Chartreuse, Lime Green, Light Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Green, Pink, Orange Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Yellow, Red, Orange, Light Green, Chartreuse, Lime Green, Light Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Green, Orange Red

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Yellow, Purple, Orange, Light Green, Chartreuse, Lime Green, Dark Green, Light Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Green, Gold, Pink, Rose, Burgundy, Crimson, Dark Red, Copper, Bronze, Orange Red, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    White, Yellow, Purple, Orange, Light Green, Chartreuse, Lime Green, Dark Green, Light Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Green, Gold, Pink, Rose, Burgundy, Crimson, Dark Red, Copper, Bronze, Orange Red, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated, SpottedMottled

  • Bark Color

    Yellow, Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No