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Crassula ovata 'Hummel's Sunset' (Golden Jade Tree)

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Scientific Name

Crassula ovata 'Hummel's Sunset'

Common Names

Golden Jade Tree

Synonyms

Crassula ovata 'Sunset'

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae
Genus: Crassula

Description

Crassula ovata 'Hummel's Sunset' is a shrubby succulent up to 3 feet (90 cm) tall with leaves about the same size as the common Jade Plant (Crassula ovata). Unlike the green leaves of the species, the leaves of this cultivar take on spectacular hues with the upper portion of the leaves having a golden yellow color and the edges ochre, especially during the cooler months of the year. Flowers are white with a hint of lavender and appear in late fall to winter.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Many people enjoy growing Jade Plants in their homes and offices, and they are considered to be symbols of good luck. But you do not need to be lucky to learn what the proper care and maintenance of Jade Plants are. The most important factors to consider when growing Jade Plants is water, light, temperature, and fertilizer.

Easy to grow in a container, best in full sun but will tolerate part sun. It needs well-drained soil with a neutral pH. Water regularly from spring to autumn and allow the soil to dry out before watering again. During the winter months, water only enough to keep the leaves from shriveling. The most common reason for failure is overwatering.

Propagating is achieved with a leaf or stem cuttings that are placed into a soil mix, then wait until they show some growth. Before placing them in the soil mix, you will prevent potential problems from the sap seeping out by allowing them to dry on a windowsill for a few days or so. Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Crassula.

Origin

Crassula ovata 'Hummel's Sunset' was introduced by legendary succulent plant breeder Ed (Emerald) Hummel (1903-1979) of Inglewood and later Carlsbad, California.

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