Crotons have been popular for many years in tropical gardens of areas like south Florida. Crotons are a small shrub and can reach a height of 5-6 feet. The leaves are leathery and start out green and gradually change color as it matures. Crotons are grown primarily for their brightly colored foliage. For this reason they need fairly high light to maintain the vibrant colors. The plants best color will develop in bright light under cooler temperatures. Development of good color during the winter is rarely a problem when proper light is provided.