Got it from a stranger who was moving out of his office. He called it a rubber tree. It's about 3.5 feet tall in a 1.5 foot-wide pot along with another plant. Its leaves are a yellow-green variegation and they're about 6 inches long and one inch wide.

Thank you in advance, I'd love to know what it is so I can figure out how to take care of this guy to nurse it back to health.

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  • Beautiful plant!
    – CloneZero
    Aug 10, 2017 at 21:11

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I think it's a Croton, one of the Codiaeum variegata types, of which there are many in various colour ranges with narrow or broader leaves. It could even be the variety 'Goldfinger', despite its having less brightly variegated leaves, that could be a result of insufficient sun/bright daylight. It requires bright light, preferably with some sun, and it prefers humid air - mist two or three times a week to prevent spider mite, to which they are prone when grown as houseplants. More info here: Growing Croton Plants Indoors.

It looks relatively healthy, although that bare stem either means it was a standard originally, or its lost all its lower leaves. It's probably time to separate the plants in the pot to give the Croton more root room though.

Note: Rubber tree usually refers to Ficus elastica, although many common names are used for more than one plant.

  • Awesome, thank you so much for all that helpful info! I appreciate it very much!
    – Kay Nicole
    Aug 11, 2017 at 12:51

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