Beach-tea, Gulf croton
Croton punctatus

Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also an accent shrub in coastal uplands.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

A somewhat rare element of beach dunes and coastal strand.
Grown by enthusiasts.
Small, dense shrubby herb. Leaves greenish with a silvery cast, to 2 inches long.
Typically 1-3 feet in height. As broad as tall.
Growth Rate:
Moderate to slow.
Southern United States west to Texas and south to Miami-Dade and Collier counties; Cuba, Mexico, Central America and northern South America.
Open coastal uplands.
Moist, well-drained sandy soils, without humus.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Frontline; grows in direct salt wind but away from constant salt spray.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Flower Characteristics:
Inconspicuous. Fragrant. Unisexual, with male flowers above and female below, clustered toward the ends of the stems.
Flowering Season:
All year.
Inconspicuous capsule.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed and cuttings.

Roger L. Hammer
George D. Gann
Cara Abbott, 2023.
Cara Abbott, 2023.