COSTA RICA CROTON WANDERINGS-THE MANY FACES OF MRS. FRED SANDERS

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  1. donroberth

    donroberth Well-Known Member

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    MRS. FRED SANDERS- aka Earl of Derby-Category Oak Leaf

    “A trilobed-leaved form of the Disraeli type, with nearly the whole central portion of the leaf-blade yellow, the margin and tips of the lobes a grassy green.” REF: Veitchs' Catlg. of Pl. 1878, p. 27.

    Type Q, 4" x 10", -“ Large oak leaf variety. Same colors as Philadelphia but much larger leaf. Ground color rich clear green. Midrib zone of lower part of leaf overlaid a deep rich clear yellow sometimes spreading over most of the leaf”. REF: Paper prepared by Wm. A. Geiger in collaboration with Mr. Christian of the Christian Nursery, Mr. Van der Lean and Mr. George L. Peacock. p.12.

    “Large Oak leaf, center and lobes splotched brilliant yellow.”REF: Reasoner's Tropical Nurseries inc, croton listing. Group 1, Common Varieties, p.2.

    NOTE: THE CROTON SOCIETY FORUM CONTRIBUTORS...you can always count on the membership for exceptional unbiased advice and consent. J

    CRAZY FOR CROTONS: “We call it Fred Sanders but the plant is named after a woman, Mrs. Fred Sanders. Per Dr. Brown's first book, it's Mrs. Fred Sanders not just Fred Sanders. Somewhere along the way, we (me included) dropped the Mrs. part.

    Bad clones like the one I had, show lots of spotting like Lamar's plant. I had a specimen with one spectacular branch and the rest was mostly green with sporadic spots. Every so often, it would throw up some pathetic clustered spotting that didn't quite qualify as a splotch…

    FAUNRIDGE: “This variety needs plenty of sun to maintain its color. Most of what you see in the two photos from my garden is now almost solid green because of the shade.”

    FOTOS 1 thru 5: Close-ups for Ann J

    FOTO 06: Robertico’s container garden

    FOTO 07: Exceptional splotching

    FOTO 08: Front porch planter…good morning sun

    FOTO 09: Front garden

    FOTO 10: San Mateo Municipal Park

     

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  2. donroberth

    donroberth Well-Known Member

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    FOTO 11: Front sidewalk garden

    FOTO 12: Front sidewalk

    FOTO 13: Front porch…gets ample morning sun

    FOTO 14: Front yard garden

    FOTO 15: Front sidewalk

    FOTO 16: Front yard

    FOTO 17: Mostly sporadic speckled leaves…strangely enough this cultivar receives sun all day

    FOTO 18: This specimen’s leaves are nicely splotched

     

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  3. Native son

    Native son Well-Known Member

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    Very good sir, great work as per the norm. I was wondering in photo 14. Could you go back and check out the red plant behind Mrs. Fred. It looks like a very similar leaf shape with red and black. image.jpg
     
  4. ScotTi

    ScotTi Esteemed Member

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    Great pictures and a great post Robert. :)
     
  5. ScotTi

    ScotTi Esteemed Member

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    Lamar, Looks like a bromilaid behind the Croton in photo #14.
     
  6. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Esteemed Member

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    Great stuff Robert,this is a very nice plant once you get a good example.
     
  7. palmisland

    palmisland Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, I love your reports Robert. I'll be in Costa Rica in November. Headed to the Caribbean coast this time.

    -Randy
     
  8. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    Thanks, Robert, for your comments and your beautiful photos. I will put some in the wiki as Fred Sanders. However, I need help from forum members as to whether to correct it to Mrs. Fred Sanders. I've seen/heard nothing except Ray's comments you posted above about this. I got your PM, but is this enough to change this cultivar's name to Mrs. Fred Sanders? I need direction from forum members. Anything I've ever heard about this cultivar has been regarding "Fred Sanders." Anyone?

    Also, I've never heard that it is synonymous with Earl of Derby. Anyone? I don't want to put things in the wiki unless we know they are facts, or at least, the general knowledge and consensus of the forum members. Thank-you!
     

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