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Torrey Croton, Torrey's Croton, Vara Blanca
Croton incanus (C. torreyanus)


Torrey's croton is a slender shrub about 3 to 6 feet tall with a whitish cast because of the thick, short hairs covering all parts of the plant, except the bark when it is mature. It is distinguished from other Croton species by its oblong leaves. Torrey's croton grows in dry, gravelly, limestone-based habitats in the Trans-Pecos and Rio Grande Plains. The light-green unisexual flowers appear in elongate clusters (racemes) summer through fall after rains. It is drought tolerant, growing naturally in partial shade.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub
medium shrub

Exposure: partial sun

Flower Color: light green

Blooming Period: summer

Fruit Characteristics: 3-lobed capsule

Height: 3 to 6 feet

Width: 3 to 5 feet

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: alkaline

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8

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