Mt. Cuba Center posted a nice photo of Croton alabamensis on their Facebook page showing its fall colors. Rare in nature and rare in plant trade, as Mt. Cuba pointed out, it’s a native worthy of consideration in the landscape for its performance and aesthetics.
Rare Find Nursery describes it as “Rich apple-green leaves with silvery undersides turn fiery orange in the fall. Yellow-green flowers are produced on 1″ to 1.5″ racemes in late winter to early spring. Best in semi-shade and moist, well-drained soil high in organic matter.”
A huge thank you to Mt. Cuba for the work they are doing in helping us all to see that native plants can be used in a very ornamental way and thus enhancing the appeal of natives to everyday gardeners and homeowners.