University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Ornamentals

Croton (Codiaeum variegatum)

The croton is an evergreen, vigorous shrub. The branching pattern is free and irregular. Simple leaves are entire to deeply lobed, whorled around the stem and often clustered at the ends of branches. Leaf color varies widely in combinations of green, red, and/or yellow. They have a leathery, smooth texture, and a sap which stains and is poisonous.