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Crassula ovata 'Obliqua' (Jade Plant)

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Scientific Name

Crassula ovata 'Obliqua'

Common Names

Dollar Plant, Jade Plant, Jade Tree, Money Tree

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae
Genus: Crassula

Origin

It is a cultivar of Crassula ovata of unknown origin.

Description

Crassula ovata 'Obliqua' is a succulent shrub with fleshy green leaves that have pointed tips. It usually grows over 1 foot (30 cm) tall. Leaves are flushed with royal purple at the edges when exposed to direct sunlight. They are attached at a more upright angle to the branch then the leaves of Crassula ovata. Flowers are star-shaped, pink or white, and appear in showy clusters at the ends of the branches from late winter to early spring.

Photo by Peter Lapshin

How to Grow and Care

Light: Crassula plants prefer full sun to partial shade. However, intense afternoon sun in the hottest period of summer can burn the leaves of the plants. Most Crassulas can be grown indoors if given enough light.

Soil: They are not particular about soil pH, but Crassulas require very porous soil with excellent drainage.

Hardiness: Crassula ovata 'Obliqua' can tolerate temperatures as low as 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b.

Watering: These plants have typical watering needs for succulents. Avoid overwatering by using the "soak and dry" method, where the soil is soaked with water, slowly drained and left to dry out before watering again. Reduce watering in winter.

Fertilizing: Crassulas will benefit from a small amount of organic fertilizer in mid-spring when they start actively growing.

Repotting: Repot as needed, preferably in spring, at the beginning of a period of active growth.

Propagation: Crassulas are generally started by leaves or stem cuttings. They can also be grown from seeds and offsets.

Toxicity: Despite its beauty, Crassula ovata is toxic to cats, dogs, and horses, as well as mildly toxic to humans.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Crassula.

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