Croton Gold Dust

​​Codiaeum variegatum

  • Common name: Croton ‘Gold Dust’
  • Scientific name: Codiaeum variegatum
  • Family name: Euphorbiaceae
  • Origin: Southeast Asia
  • Height: 8-10 ft
  • Width: 4-6 ft
  • Growth: Slow
  • Zone: 9b-11
  • Light needs: Full sun to partial shade
  • Salt tolerance: Moderate
  • Soil/pH/Texture: Can grow in many soil types as long as its well-drained. Prefers acidic soil (pH 4.5 – 6.5)
  • Moisture: Humidity tolerant; should be watered regularly, but not overwatered
  • Drought tolerance: High
  • Pests/diseases: Mealybugs, scale, and thrips; mites and crown gall
  • Growing conditions: Should be grown in moist and well-drained soil in sunny areas. Can be grown both indoors or outdoors. Indoors plants should be planted in a medium of peat moss and sand. This plant can be fertilized with a 3-1-2 ratio fertilizer to produce the best results.
  • Characteristics: Leaves are long, narrow, thick, and glossy. The leaves are a dark green with many bright yellow spots. These leaves grow in an alternate pattern on branches that grow from the base of the plant. Leaf colors become more vibrant in brighter light.
  • Propagation: By cuttings
  • Facts: ‘Gold Dust’ is one of many Croton cultivars. Other cultivars have different colors and patterns.
  • Designer considerations: Great as an accent or foundation plant, for mass plantings, or as an indoor plant.

Croton Gold Dust


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