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Crassula arborescens

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Crassula (KRASS-oo-la) (Info)
Species: arborescens (ar-bo-RES-senz) (Info)

22 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From leaf cuttings
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
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4 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral BayAreaTropics On Oct 10, 2012, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

This is a plant that easily falls into the "One step forward and two steps back" with any cultural mistake..not forgiving for a Crassula.
Do not believe that 9a rating..anything around freezing can make it mush.
Its a great looking Crassula if given full sun,moderate water and lots of time.

Positive a2b1c3 On Aug 1, 2010, a2b1c3 from Seattle, WA wrote:

Can be grown from single leaf just like regular jade. In seattle single leaf rooted for 2 months will burn red in summer sun has took 4 months to produce 2 new shoots. Leaf 'fattened up' after 3 weeks or so showing root growth from single leaf at 2-3 weeks window sill seattle

Positive palmbob On Jul 16, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This Crassula is a relatively slow growing species when compared to C ovata or the 'normal' Jade plant people think of. This plant has much heavier leaves and branches, that will, with time, collapse themselves if not pruned. This species does not seem to be that happy in shade, but will grow. It is an easy plant to propogate and grow in most areas of southern California.

Positive jkom51 On Nov 1, 2004, jkom51 from Oakland, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Jade plants don't need full sun to grow. They will grow in partial shade or even full shade. No pruning is necessary as they grow naturally symmetrical unless stressed.

Positive golddog On Jan 21, 2003, golddog from Western, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Native to South Africa

Neutral Ehowell On Mar 30, 2001, Ehowell from Weyburn, SK wrote:

The Silver Jade has round and 'fat' leaves. They are a silvery-green with a red edge if in strong enough light.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Brentwood, California
Carlsbad, California
Clayton, California
Fairfield, California
Laguna Niguel, California
Mission Viejo, California
Reseda, California
San Diego, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Valley Center, California
Spring Hill, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey
Rochester, New York

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