Croton Losing Yellow leaves

My husband and I received this plant as a wedding gift 9 years ago. We have no idea what it is or how to care for it. It periodically drops leaves and the leaves turn yellow, which makes me think we are overwatering it. But with 3 small kids and 2 dogs, I’m not sure how that could be, since we can barely remember! Please help us figure out what’s wrong! My husband and I jokingly refer to this plant as a metaphor for our marriage, so we must keep it alive! Haha!

Hi Tiffany,

Goldust Croton Plant

Your plant is called a croton goldust.

 Your plant doesn’t look like it has been over-watered. When a croton gets too much water, the leaves fall off. Crotons do need to be warm and kept away from heating and cooling vents. Temperatures below 60 degrees can cause a croton to get yellow leaves.
Croton plants are considered very poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants.
There are complete care instructions for a croton in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.