Crassula arborescens

silver jade plant
Silver jade plant has big blue-grey silver dollar leaves. Bonsai-like treelet with pinkish-white star-like flowers in winter. Good in containers and indoors.
Crassula arborescens
height 2–5ft
width 2–3ft
tolerates Coast, Cool Summers, Drought, Fog, Heat, Pots, Rooftops, Neglect, Salt, Wind
Crassulas in general are quite drought tolerant, and these larger ones with tree-like form are extremely drought tolerant. They store water in their thick succulent stems, so in coastal California, they won’t need supplemental irrigation once established. To keep them looking lush during summer, water them every two weeks to a month, or whenever the leaves start to shrivel up and fall off.
exposure Part Sun – Full Sun
drainage In Ground: Cactus Mix, In Pots: Cactus Mix, Tolerates Sandy Soil
origin W South Africa
13, 16, 17, 19–24

Sunset Zones Map

Outdoor Exposure Guide


Full Sun
Six or more hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Shade
Three to five hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Sun
One to two hours of sun beams directly landing on the plants leaves.

Full Shade
The plant is never fully lit by sun beams, but is in a bright spot or has dappled sunbeams playing over the leaves throughout the day.

Deep Shade
The plant never has dappled light on the leaves, and is in a place that feels dim, even on a nice sunny day.


Growing Notes

Tree-like crassulas make excellent bonsai-style succulents in even very small pots. Prune them back hard at least once a year to keep a squat form.
Summer color is part of the natural beauty of these plants and is not a sign of trouble.

Special Interest

These crassulas are easy to propagate from cuttings, but they must be completely dry and calloused over before planting. Often they will scab and then the scab can be removed, exposing a sealed smooth skin where the cut was. They can also be propagated by simply laying cuttings on the ground. The leaves are also easy to propagate and will root easily.

More Info

Photo of this plant on a rocky hill was taken by our staff member Tyson Curtis in South Africa.