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Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by Moose, Jul 19, 2011.

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  1. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Planted in November 2009, this Yellow Petra has suffered from cold winds, scale attack and too much sun. I realized today this is the best it has looked since I got it. :)

    I will spot a Yellow Petra around town from time to time but not extremely common like its colored version. ;)
     

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  2. Bullwinkle

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    Very,very nice.I have a big one but you are right ,it is not seen around too much anymore.I cant remember the last time I saw one for sale.
     
  3. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    That's a nice one for sure. Mine is still suffering little leaf disease as a result of the January 2010 freeze.
     
  4. Moose

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    Here is another croton that has never looked better for me. Planted in May of 2009. It was sold to me as Red Banana. A pretty slow cultivar, about as slow as a Black Beauty. :)
     

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  5. Moose

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    While visiting the Bullwinkle Ranch Estate today, I was blown away by this beautiful monster size Yellow Petra. Bullwinkle is 6'1" + for scale. That is one Big Mamma Petra !!! :cool:

    Mike Harris was along and insisted that the Moose get into the act. Kind of a mini moose herd. I bet twenty air layers later it would still be a biggin. :rolleyes: I wonder if TreeZoo Jerry recognizes my apparel? :p [photo credit: Mike Harris].

     

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  6. Moose

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    Took these photos yesterday morning ...

    Caribbean Star
     

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  7. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Caribbean Star looks really nice, Ron.
     
  8. fawnridge

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    I bought my first one from Marie at least 10 years ago. It's planted right up against a Tipuana, which sucks the life out of the soil, so the Caribbean Star has always looked nasty. It's also on the northwest corner of the garden so the winter beat it almost to death. But Randy found a gang of them planted in an easily accessible area, which shall remain nameless, and we started a bunch of them as fully-leaved cuttings this summer. I put a couple of them in the ground in a similar environment to the ones he found; should look good in a few years.
     
  9. Moose

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    Taken same morning as Caribbean Star ...

    Chili Pan :)
     

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  10. Moose

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    Eleanor Roosevelt ;) - photos taken Oct. 13, Thurs. am
     

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  11. Moose

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    Commotion :)

    Photos taken last Thursday morning.

    An air layer of this plant has already been promised in the Spring. ;)
     

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  12. Moose

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    A little more Commotion ... :cool:
     

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  13. Moose

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    Red Foot :cool:

    Pictures were taken Thurday morning.

    An air layer from Red Foot also has been promised for the Spring. :p
     

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  14. fawnridge

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    That Eleanor Roosevelt looks a lot like my Sloppy Painter. :eek:)
     
  15. Moose

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    :D Magnificient ;)
     

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  16. Moose

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    Rex
     

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  17. Moose

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    What I have as Reubens ? Does not have wide blotched area along midrib of leaf like seen on page 22 of Crotons of the World. :confused:
     

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  18. Bullwinkle

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    I have seen two supposed Rubens and they did not look like yours.They had a ton of pink in them.The leaf shape was similar??
     
  19. Jeff Searle

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    Ron's plant came via from me. It was described a few years ago from Bob Alonzo, but maybe at the time he thought the pinks would come out later on it, which it has never done. I'm not really calling Rubens anymore, if there's no pink, I think it would be unfair to do so.
     
  20. palmisland

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    This is what I have as Ruebens. Some of the older leaves are kinda pinkish. It looks like the other pics posted in this thread.
     

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  21. Moose

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    This Green & Gold has been in the ground for three years. It's always looked like crap until now.
     

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  22. Moose

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    Here is another that never looked as good as so many I have seen posted. Three years in the ground. Trimmed some palm fronds and let it have more sun exposure, viola! :eek:

    President Reagan
     

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  23. Moose

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    A very happy Royal Flush :)
     

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  24. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Ok here's the skinny.

    Randy and Ron, the plant you have labeled as Rubens (post #17 and #20 of this thread) is really Rembrandt (smaller and narrower semi oak with a wide, orange midrib). Phil, you have one against the northern edge of your pool cage. Jeff has a big group of plants in shade along the southern edge of the garden. By the way, it's Rubens (the painter) not Reubens (the sandwich).

    The plant we've been calling Rembrandt is really Norman Rockwell (a much bigger semi oak with some beautiful shades of pink). See Randy's post #12 in the link below.
    http://www.palmpedia.net/forum/showthread.php?2999-Series-3....Mr-Aubrey-Christian

    The plant Randy has labeled Norman Rockwell (post # 7 in the following link - big, mainly orange semi-oak) is an unknown hybrid.
    http://www.palmpedia.net/forum/showthread.php?2999-Series-3....Mr-Aubrey-Christian

    Rick Leitner (TikiRick) and Cookie Graff are the only two people I'm aware of with the real Rubens. The leaf shape and size is nearly identical to Rembrandt but has much more pink (i.e. think Claude Lorraine and Raphael) than orange. Here's a photo Rick posted last year (last photo in post #1).
    http://www.palmpedia.net/forum/showthread.php?3034-Some-goodies-from-my-collection

    Bob Alonzo showed me the differences between a visit to my garden a few years ago and the Christmas meeting at the Glocks back in December 2010. Jim and Judy have a beautiful Norman Rockwell on Cudjoe. Now that I've screwed everyone up, do NOT shoot the messenger.
     
  25. Phil Stager

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    Some pics to add to the confusion:
    First two are of the one called Rembrandt by the north side of pool cage.
    Next two are of one labeled Raphael from a Searle sale
    Next two are of one labelled Ruben from Moose
    Last one is of a plant labelled Rembrandt in high light

    Now the preview has the pics out of numerical order, so let me see what the final post looks like then we can try and label stuff again.
     

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  26. Phil Stager

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    Just as expected, AFU.
    Top row L to R: Raphael (Searle), Rembrandt, Rembrandt (N. side of pool, both)
    Middle row: Raphael (searle), Ruben (Moose)
    Bottom row: Ruben (Moose), Rembrandt in high light (cannot recognize writing on tag)

    Onward through the fog...
     
  27. koki

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    Phil, I always scratched my head when you pointed out your Rapheal from Jeff. This is an older picture of what I have as Rapheal.
     

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  28. Moose

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    Diane :)
     

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  29. ScotTi

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    Diane always stealing the show with her giant leaves.
     

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