15 Types Of Jade Plants - Urban Agriculture

15 Types Of Jade Plants

The popularity of Jade plants is on the rise and nowadays, you can find them pretty much everywhere, despite their native African origin. They’re gorgeous, they are small and they are quirky, which means they make a great, unique addition to any household.

We have put together this article to share with you some of our favorite Jade plants and how you can make them bloom and look beautiful. Let’s dive right in!

Moon Glow Jade Plant

Crassula mesembryanthemoides

The leaves and the texture of this plant are what give it its famous name and if you want something unique, look no further. This is a dark plant with pale leaves and these are coated with tiny hairs which differentiate it from other types of the plant.

The branch is relatively thin and is covered by pointy leaves. It doesn’t grow larger than a foot and the leaves make up 10 inches of its overall height. It likes to be kept under partial shade and full sun and don’t let the temperature fall below 30 degrees F. 

Propeller Jade Plant

Crassula falcata

The Propeller Jade Plant has beautiful flowers and long, unique-shaped leaves. The leaves are pale green and hairy. They can reach up to 18 inches, despite the plant only being 3 feet when fully grown. The plant thrives in the springtime and the blossoms are bright red, growing in clusters in front of the center of the plant. For best results, keep the plant under full sunlight and warm temperatures.

Baby Jade Plant

Crassula ovata ‘Minima’

This is a plant with small elongated leaves in the shapes of cylinders that come off the branches. The baby jade plant grows bushy and has dense vegetation. It is one of the most popular types of fade plants and is found in both indoor and outdoor environments.

A typical plant will not grow any larger than 2 feet and will stay small enough to fit into containers. To keep this plant healthy, it needs full sun exposure but can survive in low-light areas.

Money Tree Jade Plant

Crassula ovata

This is the most common type of jade plant and the Money tree is usually what people think of when a Crassula is mentioned. You can keep the plant in partial shade but if you want it to reach those higher heights, it needs a lot of sunlight.

It’s also best kept in extra-warm temperatures of over 70 degrees Fahrenheit and this means it can grow to heights reaching over 6 feet. The plant has 2-inch leaves and these are thick and oval-shaped. They are dark green to pale with red stains.

Red Jade Plant

Crassula coccinea

Hence the name, this jade plant has stunning red flowers attached. It’s unique and exciting and will make a great addition to your garden. The plant is a dwarf variety but does not grow any bigger than about 1.5 feet. It produces elongated cones and it has small thick leaves growing from it.

Red blooms appear in the summer and they are known as one of the most colorful varieties of jade plants. It requires constant sunlight and little to no humidity at all.

Baby’s Necklace Jade Plant

Crassula rupestris

This type of jade plant can grow extra long branches and this is what gives it its name. These branches often extend up and out to the sides and boast colorful tones in the growing process. They are often a pale green with darker areas, yet some of them can grow red and pink which increases their attractiveness.

They range from just under a foot to 2 feet tall and can withstand temperatures as low as 50 degrees Fahrenheit. It can also survive with little humidity but they prefer warm temperatures and sun exposure.

Bonsai Jade Tree

Crassula ovata ‘Hobbit’

A tiny tree, this plant does not grow any larger than 12 inches. They usually stay between 4 and 8 inches and this is what gives them their name. The plant has green leaves which grow from a short branch and they look like small fingers with red tips. You might also notice the leaves look like corals and the color and the texture of this plant is what make them so popular.

Woolly Jade Plant

Crassula tomentosa

You’ll realize why this plant is called what it is after you spot the woolly leaves. The plant has hairy tips and a matte texture and is one of the most exciting jade plants you can find. It typically does not grow any bigger than 2 feet tall and its leaves can reach around 4 inches. They have an oval, thick shape with hair on the edge.

It does well in cold weather and can survive in temperatures below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. It will also produce large white flowers and does well in humid environments. If the temperature increases too much, you might find yourself with reddish or pinkish leaves.

Worm Jade Plant

Crassula marnieriana

These jade plants are shaped like worms and can grow extremely long. The plant can grow over one foot and grow like a trailing plant. It might work as a groundcover because of this, despite it having individual stems. The variety of colors ranges from light green to darker green and some might even be reddish or pink. It is a popular cold-hardy type and can handle light frosts without any issues.

A String of Buttons Jade Plant

Crassula perforata

This plant is tiny and will bring a unique finish to your garden. It grows only to about 4 inches and has beautiful colorful foliage. Although the leaves are tiny, they can achieve long growth to over 4 inches per branch and they have a green body with red tips.

The plant is drought-friendly and can withstand humidity as long as this is paired with enough sunlight. The plant also grows stunning flower clusters which are yellow in the summertime. It can grow with some shade without losing colors and this makes it a great indoor plant. 

Golden Jade Plant

Crassula ovata ‘Hummel’s Sunset’

This plant is medium-sized and does not grow any larger than 3 feet. It has some stunning color to it and the golden tones are what make it so popular. It also has green hues and when it shines when the sun hits the leaves, this is known as the ‘Hummel’s Sunset’.

To complement this sunset, you might also notice a reddish tone on the edges of the leaves. The plant grows similarly to a bonsai and has short stems and branches, yet its leaves are thick, and adding sun exposure can make the branches grow and the leaves even thicker.

It also produces white flower clusters each year and this combined with golden foliage makes it a gorgeous little plant.

Jitter Jade Plant

Crassula ovata ‘Undulata’

This jitter jade plant has a unique leaf shape and is paired with a variety of different colors. It combines a pale green with a red edge on the leaves and these leaves are also slightly hairy. This makes for a very special texture exclusive to the type of jade plant and the waxy leaves are also thick, growing wide and long.

It is a desert plant and requires very little humidity because of this. It also requires 8 hours of sun exposure each day to keep it healthy and the temperature needs to exceed 50 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Bear Paw Jade Plant

Crassula pubescens

The name of this plant comes from the paw-like shape of the leaves, that have hairy surfaces and for this reason, it is one of the most popular types for its unique final texture. It also does not grow any larger than 6 inches and the ground-covering variety grows quite fast.

You might find it grows less like a shrub, and more like a crawler plant. It’s easy to grow so can be kept by gardeners of all abilities and it will thrive at any temperature over 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Ripple Jade Plant

Crassula arborescens undulatifolia

The ripple jade plant grows fast and has branches that ripple and crawl up to large heights. Its leaves are a bright green and have grayish hues now and then. The branches look more prominent than they are and this is because the branches are more visible than the leaves themselves.

You might notice it grows like a bonsai and this means it pairs up with the shrubby growth of the plant. It needs full sun exposure and partial shade but can survive in little humidity.

Silver Dollar Jade

Crassula arborescens

The Silver Dollar Jade is a huge succulent and though it is not the biggest, it is still among the largest in the whole jade family. In a lot of cases, the plant can grow as big as 4 feet. The leaves can grow up to 12 inches long and have an extremely thick body.

The leaves are bluish and grayish but turn red when the warmer seasons arrive. It likes warm and dry climates but it will survive in lower temperatures and partial shade. However, if you want the size, you need to keep those temperatures high and give it some sun.

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