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Products > Crassula arborescens
Crassula arborescens - Silver Dollar Plant

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 4-5 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): No Irrigation required
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Crassula arborescens (Silver Dollar Plant) - Small heavy-bodied shrub that can grow ultimately to 6 to 8 feet tall or more but is usually seen no taller than 3 feet in most gardens. It has rounded 1 to 3 inch long fat silver-gray leaves that are often edged maroon and have reddish spots on the upper surface. In summer appear the open corymbs of white star-like flowers that age to pink though this plant is somewhat shy to bloom in cultivation. Plant in full sun to light shade (best in sun) and irrigate very little. Hardy to 25 F or a little less. The heavy stems and leaves of this plant cause stems to bend over and break so preventive pruning is recommended. The surface of the leaves can be marred by an edema thought to be caused by over watering or humid conditions, so care should be taken not to over water this plant. It also apparently has difficulty in climates were nights remain overly hot in summer months. This plant is widespread in its native habitat from the western and eastern Cape Province up to Natal in South Africa. It is sometimes misidentified in succulent collections as a form of Cotyledon orbiculata.  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 arborescens.