Crassula Species, Miniature Pine Tree

Crassula tetragona

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Crassula (KRASS-oo-la) (Info)
Species: tetragona (tet-ra-GON-uh) (Info)
Synonym:Crassula bibracteata
Synonym:Crassula decussata
Synonym:Crassula densifolia
Synonym:Crassula fruticulosa
Synonym:Creusa tetragona


Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage



Foliage Color:



6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)


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)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers



Bloom Color:

White/Near White


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Brentwood, California

Canoga Park, California

Carlsbad, California

Castro Valley, California

Clayton, California

Fairfield, California

Folsom, California

Fremont, California

Greenbrae, California

Knights Landing, California

Long Beach, California

Los Angeles, California

Murrieta, California

Pleasant Hill, California

Reseda, California

Rowland Heights, California

Salinas, California

San Diego, California

San Leandro, California

Santee, California

Spring Valley, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Valley Center, California

Vista, California(9 reports)

Picayune, Mississippi

Dallas, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Spring, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 15, 2018, july1955 from Wildomar, CA wrote:

First off, I don't understand why this is listed as about 12" -- other sites list it larger, and indeed mine, planted in the garden, is about 36" tall. I've had it about 10-12 years and it lives in my hot inland California climate without irrigation. It has had some minor frost damage in the past and comes right back. Pieces break off easily, fall to the ground and root there. I've stuck pieces of scabbed over branches elsewhere in the garden and if they don't get stepped on before they get big enough to be noticed they root themselves. It's an attractive no-care plant here.


On May 7, 2014, debylutz from San Diego, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I have this plant in a container on a sunny windowsill, and it is doing very well. I think I will move it outside to get some blooms.


On Apr 2, 2014, DaphneA from San Leandro, CA wrote:

They look like little pagodas. My mom's are forever rooting on the lava rocks below and I have been picking them up and giving them away. Mine in the container hasn't done that, just grown upward (it's about a foot high?) but my mom's other plant is rooting inside her container too. Very easy to propagate.. although we've never done it intentionally.


On Mar 13, 2013, weatherguesser from Battle Ground, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have 2 of these growing in restricted areas at the bases of a couple of birch trees, so no spreading problem. Mine have survived several nights of frost (28-30F) without any ill effects, but they're near the top of a small slope so the coldest air may have drained away from them down the hill. Very attractive plants.


On Jan 23, 2010, Cixi from Addis Ababa,
Ethiopia wrote:

I've had this plant for over 5 years and never knew what it was until now (DG is a great place to identify plants, thanks to everyone who posts photos!) Yes, it self-replicates readily, but mine is in a pot, where it behaves itself, needs almost zero maintenance, and has grown to about 40 cm. In an awkward (ie dry and stony) area of a friend's garden it was easy to establish and works as a ground cover, providing interesting texture.


On Oct 12, 2004, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Very easy to grow and not prone to pests. Mine is in a pot on the porch, so it has not spread.


On Jul 7, 2004, greenlarry from Darlington,
United Kingdom wrote:

A very easy to grow plant, great for beginners. Soon makes a small rounded bush with little pruning needed. Easily propagated from a leaf laid on potting soil or a cutting planted in a pot or in a warm garden.


On Mar 23, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

A little too easy in my cactus garden. Cute plant but now it's everywhere and can't get rid of it. Plant gets tall and falls over- new plants. Leaves fall off in the wind- new plants. Dig up and toss in compost pile- new plants. New plants like to grow up right against a nasty, spiny cactus, too where removal is difficult. They then tend to fall all over the other plants. Be careful before adding this little beast into your garden.


On Aug 28, 2003, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

Good beginner plant, fast growing, easy to propagate from cuttings.