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AFD5 CROTON Plant Yellow, Green, Orange, Red Foliage Shade


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The AFD5 Croton is an old, but still popular croton. popular croton cultivar that was hybridized in Italy at Azienda Floreale Diem Nursery .

The vibrant, instantly recognizable brightly yellow striped leaves made this croton among the most popular and widely sold cultivars. It has been a favorite for fall color pots and interior dish gardens for decades.  

AFD5 has large, wide elongated leaves, with a defined notch, in a brilliant color pallette of green, yellow, gold, red and burgundy.

The pattern, definition and brightness of the color will vary seasonally, with the age of the leaves, as well as with variations in available light, temperature and nutrition.

It's uses in the landscape are only limited by the gardener's ability to provide cold protection for it, and imagination.  Use it as a filler in mixed beds, a low hedge, an accent or transition plant, mass planted for an impressive focal color statement. 

The AFD5 is an excellent choice for potted culture.  It will adapt to low light levels (albiet color will be duller), is great low litter choice for porches, patios, and pool decks; makes a great addition to large mixed garden pots, or smaller dish gardens.


Available Sizes:

4 inch Pots - One (1) Well rooted, starter size plant growing and shipped in a 4 inch diameter plastic pot.  Plant will be a minimum of about 6 to 8 inches tall and unlikely to have bloom or bud at the time of shipping

Botanical Name Codiaeum vareigatum 
Common Name Buddy Croton 
Plant Family:  Euphorbiaceae
Mature Size:  4 ft
Bloom Color: Beige
Bloom Form: Nondescript
Bloom Time: Random
Zone:  9,10,11
Fragrance:  None
Water Needs:  Moderate
Light Needs: Light Shade
Key Features: Colorful Foliage, Slow Growth, Manageable Size
Suggested Uses:  Anchor, Specimen, Potted, Mass Planting

Direct planting of plugs or 4 inch starter sizes is not recommended.  For the best results we suggest potting those into larger pots and allowing them to grow larger before setting out.  When the new pot has filled with roots and the plant has grown larger, then here a few hints for successful growing within the recommened USDA Zone Range.

  • Plant in well draining, fertile, slightly acidic soil
  • Locate in lightly filtered shade 
  • Prune when young and actively growing to encourage branching
  • Feed a good quality slow acid producing plant food in the Fall.  (Fertilize formulated for gardenias, hibiscus, citrus and azaleas also work well for crotons)
  • Protect from frost and freeze.
  • Feed a good quality bloom boosting plant food slow release plant food in the early spring to encourage blooming.
  • Protect from frost and freeze until very well established.



  • Model: 0L-CHSP-RMSN
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3lbs
  • 7 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: Emerald Goddess Gardens

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