When it comes to bright foliage that provides an explosion of colour in a tropics garden, crotons take the cake!
They can create a bold statement in any garden, but this is a plant that especially loves humid, warm conditions and can also tolerate dry conditions.
Crotons are evergreen shrubs with glossy leathery variegated leaves that are easy to grow and practically problem free. They will grow to around 3 metres in height and spread to around 1 metre. There are many variations in leaf shape and size with colours ranging from vibrant yellows, oranges, reds and purples ... usually all on the same plant.
They get tiny star-shaped, rather insignificant yellow flowers. These are produced intermittently throughout the year.
The Croton may loose its leaves when stressed, but the strong trunk holds a lot of nutrients and it will re-shoot when conditions are better. The one below suffered terribly after a couple of years of drought, but with decent rainfall followed by a good feed, it returned to its former glory!