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Products > Crassula ovata 'Crosby'
Crassula ovata 'Crosby' - Dwarf Jade Plant

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Fall
Synonyms: [C.argentea, C.portulacea. 'Crosby'']
Height: 3-5 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Light Shade/Part Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): No Irrigation required
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Crassula ovata 'Crosby' (Dwarf Jade Plant) A much branched slow growing succulent shrub to 2 to 3 feet tall with thick stems that hold 1/2 to 1 inch long obovate leaves that are lime green with slight red margins. The white star-like flowers appear in clusters within at the tips of the foliage in late fall through winter. Plant in part to full sun in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally, infrequently to nearly not at all - dislikes wet feet in winter but otherwise can be irrigated or not other times of the year. Not cold hardy for prolonged periods below 30 F but can survive short durations of temperatures to 25F and makes a good container plant for areas with cold winters as plant can be brought inside and not irrigated during winter months. This is an excellent small shrub that requires very little irrigation to look great and it quite useful where a small, tight growing drought tolerant plant is needed a GREAT foundation shrub that remains small and with its succulent leaves and stems is not a fire hazard near the house. When grown in bright light the foliage has nice red tinged margins. The genus Crassula was a name Linnaean name first used in 1753 and comes from the Latin word 'crassus' meaning "thick" that refers to the thick plump leaves of many of the genus. The specific epithet comes the ovate leaves but this species has in the past been called Crassula portulacea and C. argentea. The common names for the species include jade plant, friendship tree, lucky plant, or money tree. This plant was one of many selected in the 1960s by Ed Hummel and Franklin (Frank) D. Crosby from plants growing at Crosby's Cactus Ranch nursery in Malibu where he grew large quantities of jade plants for the east coast house plant market. We also grow the redder 'Crosby's Dwarf' (also known as 'Crosby's Compact' and 'Crosby's Red'. Frank Crosby was also known for another jade plant selection 'Crosby's Pink' and an Aloe hybrid called 'Crosby's Prolific'. Additionally, we grow several other Crassula ovata cultivars, including 'Big Alice', 'Gollum', 'Hummel's Sunset' and 'Pink Beauty' The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and 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 that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate 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 that might aid others in growing Crassula ovata 'Crosby'.