Tropical Curb Appeal: Choose Colorful CROTONS!

Reblogger Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Real Estate Agent with Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers HRE# 58089 - RS

Gardening in Hawaii is a year round pleasure.  Serious gardeners love the native plants which thrive in this climate, and don't require a lot of maintenance.  Here on Maui you will find the bright foliage of Crotons everywhere.

Original content by Kimo Stowell RS-76763

Tropical Curb Appeal: Choose Colorful Crotons!

One of my favorite tropical plants that packs a serious color punch are Crotons. Adding these bright plants to your yard or interior space can create a dramatic eye catching effect that will turn buyers heads.


Crotons or Codiaeum variegatum are native to the Pacific Islands and are prodigiously grown through out Polynesia. Very popular in Kama'aina gardens here in Hawaii, Crotons have only recently (last 20 years or so) found their way into interior spaces as potted plants. Crotons grow to heights of 5' to 6' and are stocky colorful shrubs. The firm waxy leaves sprouting in tight pinwheel fashion, turn from a dark green to a kaleidoscope of colors; ranging from dark red to bright pink with, purples, oranges, and yellows. Croton leaves are sensitive to light intensity and show best in part shade environments as full sun fades the coloring.

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What makes Crotons a stagers dream is that the leaves can be rooted and placed in an arrangement that lasts for 2 to 3 months. Such easy maintenance is ideal for home staging and the bright colors add a powerful pop to interior decor.

Pinwheel leaf formation

Draw backs : some varieties will ooze white sap, if the leaves are torn or punctured, and it can stain fabric. Also If you move an outdoor plant inside you may lose leaves if the lighting decreases so try to find a space in the home that shares similar light to it's former outdoor environment.

Great way to dress up usightlty pipes



Croton Varietals : 'Banana', 'Gold Dust', 'Mammy', 'Norma', 'Petra', 'Sunny Star'.  Petra is the varietal shown here.


Crotons can dress up those unsightly utility pipes and still allow plenty of room for access.


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Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

Oh my gosh, you live in such a beautiful part of the world it seems easy to point your camera and click! Wow! 

Okay, I have one question, why is there a red X at the bottom of this post?

Mar 13, 2009 09:28 AM #1
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Russell - hmmm that must be because it's not my original content, but a reblog.  these aren't my pictures.  I cheated today and did a reblog that seemed appropriate.

Mar 13, 2009 11:04 AM #2
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Georgina...I lived in Puerto Rico for four years and we had plenty of crotons.  I had never seen them before I moved down there.  We did not have them up in Connecticut.


Mar 13, 2009 12:05 PM #3
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Hi Kate - I'm surprised to hear that you lived in Puerto Rico - how did you like the coqui frogs?

Mar 20, 2009 11:34 AM #4
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Georgina - I love crotons and have always had them in my garden whereever I have lived here in Florida.

Mar 29, 2009 01:53 AM #5
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