Oak Leaf Croton

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  • Showy, Multi-Colored Foliage
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Direct Light, Bright Indirect Light)
  • Above Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 14 Inches 

Oak Leaf Croton has showy, colorful foliage that resembles oak leaves in autumn, offering dramatic splashes of color. Each leaf's color patterns are unique – ranging in color from yellow, red, orange, and green. The colors can change as the plant ages, and the most vibrant colors happen when Oak Leaf Crotons are placed in bright light. 

Best Locations For Growing Oak Leaf Croton

Crotons are sensitive to cold temperatures, chilly drafts, and insufficient humidity. By controlling these aspects of its environment, as well as providing nutrient-rich soil and plenty of bright light, you will have a healthy, happy plant. Place Oak Leaf in an area of your home that receives 6-8 hours daily of direct sunlight, in temperatures between 60 - 80 degrees F, and humidity levels above 50%. Croton is toxic particularly if ingested by cats, so place it in a spot that is difficult for your pets to access. 

Oak Leaf Croton Sunlight Requirements

Provide bright direct light for 6-8 hours daily. The best placement is in front of a south-facing window. These plants can be moved outdoors in the summer for even more robust growth. Make sure you acclimate them slowly to the brighter sunlight outdoors.

Oak Leaf Croton Care

Oak Leaf Crotons prefer well-draining soil with plenty of organic material added. They respond well to pruning, whether it’s to remove unhealthy portions of the plant, or you want to maintain a specific shape. Prune in the spring, trim above a leaf node, and only trim about 1/3 of the plant’s volume. Wipe the plant leaves off occasionally with a damp clean cloth if dust accumulates. 

Watering Oak Leaf Croton

Oak Leaf Croton likes moist soil but does not tolerate soggy conditions, so only water when you feel the top inch of soil is dry. Give them a good soak, allowing excess water to drain from the bottom of the container. Mist the plant leaves frequently. 

Feeding Oak Leaf Croton

Oak Leaf Croton will do best with the less-is-more fertilizing approach. Every other month, apply a liquid fertilizer with higher nitrogen and potassium levels – select one with a lower middle number such as NPK 3-1-2 or NPK 8-2-10. You may even find yourself switching between two different fertilizers throughout the spring and summer months. We recommend diluting the fertilizer to 1/2 the strength specified on the label to avoid any potential chemical burn to the root system.

Oak Leaf Croton Information

Light Exposure: Bright Direct Light, Bright Indirect Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Above Average - Keep lightly moist. When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: No
Air Purifier: High
Habit: Upright
Growth Rate: Moderate
Mature Height: 14 inches
Mature Spread: 20 inches
Flowering: No
Flower Color(s): None
Flower Shade/Description: Grown for Foliage
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, Red
Foliage Description: Oak Shaped Leaves with Green and Red Color Tons
Temperature: Above 60 °F (Above 16 )
Humidity: Average to Above Average (40% - 80%
Common Name: Oak Leaf Croton
Other Name(s):
Scientific Name: Croton variegatum 'Oak Leaf'
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.