Codiaeum variegatum or Garden Crotons are slow growing, colorful tropical shrubs that are native native to Malaysia and East Pacific Rim. They typically have alternate paired simple leaves that are mottled with a rainbow of brilliant colors making them a popular choice for not only tropical and subtropical landscape, but are also excellent choices for potted plants in both indoor and porch, patio and poolside placement.
Crotons are considered fully winter hardy outdoors in Zones 10 and 11 only, but also be successfully grown in Zone 9 with cold protection. They are the perfect choice for lightly shaded spots where a dash of color is needed. There are thousands of varieties in a wide variety of color and leaf shape variations.