Plant ID forum: Help identifying small tree-like plant

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New York, NY
Jan 30, 2019 10:01 PM CST
Hi, I got this small plant from a yard sale and have had trouble identifying it. The leaves grow one by one on a slender, woody stalk/trunk, and sometimes develop yellow spots. They usually become totally yellow right before they drop. It is also very sensitive to drying out, and will completely droop if not watered for too long. Any help is much appreciated, thanks!

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Name: Larisa
Russia, Moscow (Zone 5a)
Jan 31, 2019 10:40 AM CST
I think this is one of the Codiaeum( Croton) species. It is difficult for me to say specifically, I am not a great Codiaeum specialist. Leaf color may depend on lighting. But maybe this is Gold finger ... or Sunny Star ...
I hope someone more competent will be able to say correctly. Smiling
Name: Mike
Long Beach, Ca.
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Jan 31, 2019 10:50 AM CST
I was thinking Croton, too.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jan 31, 2019 10:58 AM CST
I was too.
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New York, NY
Feb 2, 2019 9:57 PM CST
Thanks everyone for the help! Definitely seems plausible that it could be some type of croton. Any thoughts on why it is so spindly though? Could that just be due to the small pot? Seems like it would be tricky to identify the specific type of croton, but the leaves on mine are certainly more green than most of the photos I've seen online.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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Feb 3, 2019 7:49 AM CST
I think it needs brighter light.

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