Croton gratissimus var. gratissimus

An attractive shrub or small tree whose leaves have a silvery under surface.
FLOWER COLOUR:  
AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 12m x 4m
FLOWERING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D

A small tree or shrub with a rough grey bark. The leaves are alternate, glossy bright green above.  The lower surface is  a striking silvery green and dotted with small, cinnamon-coloured scales.  The crushed leaves are pleasantly aromatic.  The flowers are small, golden-yellow, borne on a long spike. The fruit is a  3-lobed capsule which turns yellow when mature.

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
Attracts birds and insects.
Serves as a larval host plant to moths and butterflies.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Rocky outcrops in woodlands.

MAINTENANCE:
Low maintenance.

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Water moderately.

GARDEN THEMES:
Bushveld, country, forest, formal, grassland, woodland

LANDSCAPING USES:
A wonderful ornamental tree which is a butterfly host plant.
FOLIAGE:
BARK:
Rough, grey.
FRUIT:
SEED:
A 3-lobbed capsule which matures to yellow. 10mm in diameter.

BUTTERFLY LARVAL HOST:
Caraxes candiope (Green-veined Charaxes, Green-veined Emperor)

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