When me met at the Searle Brothers Sale, I recall you saying you loved the interrupted leaf characteristic that some crotons have. Then we checked out the Victoria's Gold Bell Jeff has in the ground at the rear of the shadehouse. You ended up selecting one. I too am a sucker for the interrupted leaf type crotons! My experience is that this croton is not particularly fast. It does seem to be a dense and lush croton that could be used as a large "ground cover" in an area you need to fill in but not wanting something with height. Well, I'll show you mine if you show me yours. Me first, in the ground about a year now.