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Croton alabamensis var. alabamensis

Alabama Croton

Scientific Name:

Croton alabamensis var. alabamensis

Genus:

Croton

Species Epithet:

alabamensis var. alabamensis

Common Name:

Alabama Croton

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family)

Native/Alien:

S.E. Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

6-12 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

March, April

Habitat Description:

Dry to mesic limestome glades, woodlands, and wooded ravines. Endemic to AL.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Semi-evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

Global Rank:

G_T_: Subspecies or Variety Rank (add status to NOTES section) (*Key)

Notes:

Orange fall foliage. Global Rank G3T3.

Small yellow flowers in March

Garden in Orange County, NC

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Close-up of leaves showing silvery scales. More numerous scales are on the underside of the leaves creating a silvery sheen

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Fall colors beginning to appear at end of summer

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Fall colors in November with next years flower buds formed. Plant is semi-evergreen so the orange foliage persists into the following year.

Garden in Orange County, NC

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=CRALA



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