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Crassula 'Blue Bird'

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Winter
Synonyms: [C.'Bluebird', C.arborescens undulatifolia,Hort.]
Parentage: (Crassula ovata x C. arborescens)
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Crassula 'Blue Bird' - This succulent shrub grows to 2-3 feet tall with opposite pairs of erect bluish-gray elongated and twisted leaves on a much branched pseudo-tree. Good succulent bonsai with compact rounded heads of whitish star flowers whose glossy petals are wider than most Crassula cultivars. Full sun/ light shade Hardy to 20-25F. This plant was introduced in Europe and described by Dr. B.K Boom in the Dutch journal Succulenta in 1963 as Crassula portulacea 'Blauwe Vogel' (which translates to "blue bird") and was long thought to be a hybrid of Crassula ovata and C. arborescens. Dr Helmut Toelken of the South Australian Herbarium upon being presented with samples of the foliage and flowers noted it to be the same as a plant he had described in 1974 as Crassula arborescens ssp. undulatifolia. Gordon Rowley in his book Crassula; A Grower's Guide written in 2008 did not list this subspecies undulatifolia, though he did include Crassula 'Blue Bird' with C. arborescens. Since this plant has gained wide recognition under the name 'Blue Bird' we continue to list it as such but have added in our listing that that it is perhaps a cultivar of Crassula arborescens ssp. undulatifolia. It however is quite different from the ISI plant that we offer as the Ripple Jade, Crassula arborescens ssp. undulatifolia.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Crassula 'Blue Bird'.