Croton Magnificent is a select variety of Codiaeum Variegatum [koh-dih-EE-um, var-ee-GAY-tum] an evergreen shrub belonging to the Euphorbiaceae family. These tropical plants are native to Indonesia, Southeast Asia, as well as other nearby islands. They have been popular for decades in the south Florida landscape.
One of the few crotons to keep its color in shade, ‘Magnificent’ features large, lobed leaves with wavy margins. The juvenile leaves are mottled yellow and green and the older leaves are splashed with purplish red, bright red and orange.
‘Magnificent’ croton is an easy, low-maintenance shrub, needing only a sunny exposure and well-drained soil. It is more tolerant of shade than other croton varieties, but nonetheless will look its best with full sun. It will give a more lush display of foliage with regular fertilizing.