Alabama Croton – Croton alabamensis
Semi-evergreen to deciduous shrub that is extremely rare, but easy to grow. It is currently found in the wild in only four central Alabama counties. Although it is rare, the plant makes an excellent semi-evergreen shrub in the landscape.
Foliage: alternate, simple; apple-green leaves; 2-4” long; silvery below; oldest leaves turn brilliant orange in fall. The crushed leaves of this plant have a banana-apple fragrance.
Flower: yellow-green in spring on 1-1.5” raceme. Fruit: drupe.