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ID of Croton in Gloria's Garden ?

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by Moose, Oct 18, 2009.

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  1. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    After the meeting at Ricky's, we returned to Gloria's house in South Miami. Our conversation on the ride back was focused on a cultivar that she has growing in some very heavy shade.

    Gloria purchased her home 10 years ago from the original owners. This croton is at least 8 ft. tall and approximately 13 ft. wide. The base of the trunk is 5 to 6 inches in diameter. This specimen I estimate to be over 50 years old. The lower leaves are in deep shade and the coloring is not very remarkable. Where the leaves receive a dappling of filtered sun rays, we find orange coloration with blushes of reds and some hinting of pink.

    Anyone have an idea what this cultivar may be. Could this be an oldie cultivar? :rolleyes:

    Ron. :)
     

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  2. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    This croton was established by Gloria from the mother plant seen in previous post. :)
     

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  3. fawnridge

    fawnridge Well-Known Member

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    Possibly "Ethel Craig".
     
  4. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Would this be cultivar be commonly available? Jeff had some of them available at his sale but I believe they got grabbed by the collectors early. Should some airlayers of this croton be made? :rolleyes:

    Ron. :)
     
  5. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    I agree with Ricky. It looks like a fantastic form of Ethel Craig.
     
  6. Phil Stager

    Phil Stager Well-Known Member

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    YES, it needs some air layers!!!!!!!! Splendid looking plant. See reference pic on p15 of CROTONS of the World
     
  7. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Message recieved. Sphagnum moss is soaking. :eek:

    Ron. :)
     

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