Jade plant. This is one of the most commonly grown crassula in South Africa and well-known as a container plant all over the world, both indoors and outdoors.
A large well-branched, compact, rounded, evergreen shrub 1 – 3 m tall with glossy, dark grey-green, oval, succulent leaves and rounded heads of pink flowers in winter-spring. The stem is stout and gnarled and gives the impression of great age, and its branches are also short and stubby but well-proportioned. Branches are succulent, grey-green in colour and in older specimens the bark peels in horizontal brownish strips.
The leaves are 30 – 90 mm long and 18 – 40 mm wide, oval to elliptic, often with a red margin and a somewhat pointed end. They are in opposite pairs, the one pair arranged at right angles to the next, and they are clustered towards the ends of the branches. During the cool winter months (June-August) the bush is covered in masses of sweetly scented, pretty pale-pink, star-shaped flowers in tight rounded bunches . The flowers develop into small capsules, each holding many tiny seeds.