Plant ID forum: Dieffenbachia or croton?

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Northwestern IL (Zone 5a)
Lurancy
Nov 17, 2017 8:47 PM CST
We're babysitting some plants and I don't know what this one is. At first I thought this was a dieffenbachia but now I think more likely a croton. Either way, I want to know for sure. The cats and the dog don't have any plant-nibbling inclinations outside of grass but I don't want to take any chances with toxicity (or damage to the plant)

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(from the top)

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(stem is woody-looking)

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ctcarol
Nov 17, 2017 9:09 PM CST
Croton?
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plantmanager
Nov 17, 2017 9:37 PM CST
Welcome to NGA!
It's definitely a croton.
Crotons (Codiaeum)
Here are Dieffenbachias:
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islander
Nov 17, 2017 10:24 PM CST
Croton
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Northwestern IL (Zone 5a)
Lurancy
Nov 18, 2017 12:45 AM CST
Thank You! Of all things I found a little mostly-dead vine hidden in the pot. No idea how it got there... never thought I'd weed a potted plant.
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purpleinopp
Nov 18, 2017 5:47 AM CST
HI & welcome! It looks like the vine may have been a Philodendron. If so, it was not a volunteer.
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greene
Nov 18, 2017 12:39 PM CST
Since you are babysitting the Croton, don't be alarmed if the leaves start to fall off all of a sudden. Crotons tend to do that sometimes.
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