Are you sure that the first one is Buddy? This was identified as Buddy by both groups at our garden. By the way, this Croton is called "Kingston" throughout the island of Jamaica. It's more common than Petra or Mammay.
The ID given on here was "Buddy???" on plant #1. I never put the Buddy name on it as I did not see it as a possible Buddy then or now. I hope to get names with the newest pics of these two plants. BTW Your Buddy looks great!