Crassula ovata, better known by the name of jade tree, is a succulent native to southern Africa and belonging to the Crassulaceae family. This shrub has a light brown and very branched stem. The foliage is composed of oval leaves, of a light green and very fleshy. Sometimes, the edge of them may have a reddish color. Usually it is purchased in pots containing small specimens and, does not reach dimensions greater than one meter in height. Flowering occurs between the spring and summer seasons; the flowers are pink or white, hermaphrodite, grouped in bunches on top of the branches and are star-shaped. It is good to remember that the Crassula ovata it can be planted both in pots but also in the ground, just take a few more precautions, regarding the care and its health.
There crassula ovata it is an extremely widespread and very popular pot plant. It is in fact very simple to grow and in the right conditions gives a rich and very decorative flowering when ripe.
It can be found on the market in many nurseries or, in small specimens, even in supermarkets. However, its propagation is extremely simple and it will not be difficult to find those who offer to make you a cutting.
Characteristics crassula ovata
There crassula ovata It is a succulent belonging to the Crassulaceae family and to the Crassula genus, extremely vast and varied. In fact, more than 300 species of different appearance and size are grouped under this name, almost all from the southern states of the African continent.
There crassula ovata it looks like a shrub with an erect habit. Its thick, fleshy stems branch out creating a rounded crown. The oval leaves measure about 4 cm in length and also appear turgid, due to the large amount of water they contain. Their color is medium green, but often the edge has reddish shades. The flowers are collected in large umbrellas that sprout from the apexes: they have the shape of a star, in the colors from white to pale pink. Their appearance occurs, in large specimens, during the winter season, given that the plant, coming from the other hemisphere, has an inverted life cycle.
Although it is a succulent, it has an average fast growth. The maximum size that individuals in pots can reach is about 2 m, in height and width.