HI, Anybody have any luck with croton plants outdoors in a sheltered spot in Zone 8? I know they are typically tropical zone 9-11 and indoor here in zone 8 but just wondering as they deceptively look like they could be hardy. I have a HUGE one that has outgrown it's pot and am tempted to put it in the ground in a nice semi-sheltered micro-climate spot. I know they have them as hedges on Maui, but would be happy if here in the pacific northwest, it died off in the winter but came back in the spring? Also, I have read they are poisonous to animals and small children who may want to chew on them (yikes) but that they taste so bad it is rare....has anybody heard this too? I am surprised because as I said, they are EVERYWHERE as hedging in the Hawaiian islands. I don't want to accidentally poison my neighbours' pets who may come out at night! l have included a couple of pictures of the plant (not my actual one), in case photos trigger something for someone.