The truth is that this croton was found at a house that has not been lived in for about 6 months now. Seemingly people continue walking away from their homes and mortgages in my general area.
Some cultivars are being found in yards that are not visable from the street. I would never had ventured onto these properties while occupied. This particular house is within a block of my home. It is the first time I have not seen someone living there in 17+ years. Many of these "finds" were made while walking Stretch & Missy Ann.