We all know that plants spruce up our houses in the best possible manner. Whether it’s about adding colour to our living room or generally improving the environment of our home.
Bonsai plants are the perfect fit for improving your home and jade plants are just the right choice to serve this purpose.
But how will you know what is the right variety of jade plants to bring in your home? With over 50 options to choose from, we are sure that you will be confused. That is why, in this article we are here to guide you to know more about the jade plants and make the right decision before buying them.
Before we describe to you the varieties of jade plants, let us first know what we know about jade plants and how we take care of them. Let’s find out below!
What do we know about the Jade Plant?
The jade plant is popularly known to be a succulent houseplant with fleshy, oval-shaped leaves and thick, woody stems that resemble tiny tree trunks. With just a bit of care, the jade plant can grow to be between 3 and 6 feet tall, but it grows very slowly, growing only about 2 inches a year.
This small beauty, with its round leaves and smooth unique texture, is known to bring luck and symbolises growth, prosperity, wealth, and positive energy. Also if you are having a little tiff with your friends, the jade plant might help in the flourishing of your friendship giving you positive vibes. It’s ok if you don’t know how to properly care for a healthy jade plant because we are here to help you.
How to take care of the Jade plants?
Like any other indoor plant, it is important for you to know how to care for your jade plants in the best possible manner. Here is everything you need to know about this
The lighting of the jade plants
Your jade plant is known for loving light, especially when they are young. When they are in the growth phase, you should expose them to bright, indirect sunlight in order to help them thrive.
During this time, they should receive at least 4 to 6 hours of sunlight on a daily basis. Just make sure that the light that they are exposed to shouldn’t fall on them directly or your young plants might get scorched leaves and the leaves of the older plants might get burnt.
The soil of the jade plants
The soil where you put your jade plant or where its roots reside, you must be extremely careful about what type of soil you are using for your jade plant. In the case of a jade plant, a succulent-specific blend soil is your best bet.
Ideally, the soil that houses your jade should have a neutral to slightly acidic pH level, and after watering, you should drain it well in order to prevent excessive moisture from accumulating and causing fungal growth in your plant.
In case your local nursery is out of a succulent-specific blend soil, you can use an all-purpose blend soil by adding some perlite to the mix. Also a piece of advice for the vessel – pick a terracotta or clay vessel to help absorb extra moisture from the soil.
Watering the jade plants
Like all other plants, working on a schedule when watering your plants might be a little harmful in case of jade plants. During the spring and summer, water your plants often so that their soil is moist but not wet, this can be ensured by using well-drained soil.
Reduce the watering during the winter season to prevent root rot. To keep the soil moist, water from beneath by letting the plant sit in a saucer of water. Also, make sure to tip off any excess water from the pot after letting it stay for a few minutes.
Temperature of the jade plants
Your jade plants will prefer average room temperatures ranging from 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. At night and during the winter season, jade plants can handle lower temperatures, up to 55 degrees Fahrenheit but make sure that you don’t test your plant a lot. They should never be kept in temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit for a prolonged period of time.
Fertilising the jade plants
A common mistake that most of us make is underfeeding our succulents, especially during the growing season. For the best possible results, feed your jade plant a controlled-release fertiliser at the beginning of the season or weekly with a weak liquid solution. Also, make sure that the fertiliser you use is a balanced mix in 20-20-20 at one-quarter strength on mature plants, and one with lower nitrogen concentration for younger plants.
Potting and Repotting of the jade plants
Jades don’t need to be repotted frequently. Typically, you can do this every 2 to 3 years for small plants, and for the bigger ones, every 4 to 5 years. Generally, a 4-inch or 6-inch pot works just fine for moderately-sized jade plants and try to opt for a clay or terracotta pot that can help absorb extra moisture.
Also, make sure the soil is dry before you repot the plant. Repotting needs to be done on a priority basis only when you see that your plant has started outgrowing the pot that was its home.
What are types of Jade Plant?
The Jade plant is one of those beauties that have a variety of types under its name. It might come as a surprise but there exist over 1400 known varieties of jade plants across the globe. Some of these are your regular succulents, whereas some of these happen to be quite exquisite and rare.
Jade plants are more commonly known for their dark green colour, thick branches, and smooth leaves with pink and white flowers.
A lot of them have been cultivated for many years. In addition to this, many cultivated varieties have been awarded accolades. For instance, Hummel’s sunset variety has been able to earn the royal horticultural society award for garden merit.
It is the “easy-going” nature of the plant that makes it an excellent plant, both indoors and outdoors. All of this survival lies in adequate care of the plant.
Since Jade belongs to the genus Crassula, subspecies Crassula Ovata, it has a lot of varieties under its name. With names that it derives from many pop culture references, like that of the Hobbit and many more. The jade plant has numerous beautiful types to it and we bring to you a few of them here! Let’s check them out.
1. Silver Dollar Jade plant
Scientific name – Crassula Arborescens
Also known as the “Blue Buddha Bush”, this variety is popular for its silver-blue leaves that are highlighted with its burgundy edges. A normally sun-loving variety of jade, it surprisingly bears flowers mostly during the winter season. The flowers of this plant usually bloom on the tip of the plant. These flowers are known to survive for long periods of time and grow during the autumn-winter time.
You have the option of restricting the height of the plant with the help of containerization but it usually doesn’t cross the 60-centimetre mark during its lifetime.
This plant is also known for its forgiving nature where it can manage to survive even with a little neglect. It requires occasional watering and can even survive in drought-like conditions. One thing that it demands though, is a container with proper drainage. Only overwatering is the reason for the unsuccessful growth of the silver jade plant.
2. Weeping Jade plant
Scientific name – Senecio Jacobsenii
A succulent plant native to Tanzania and Kenya which is known as the vining jade or Kleonia Petraea. The plant is generally famous for the hairy flowers that it bears. The plant enjoys its time in the sun and can also thrive in partial shade.
With succulent, thick stems and flat, egg-shaped leaves, trailing jade is known to display a creeping growth habit and form a network of roots as it spreads along the surface. The size of the leaves of this plant usually are about 3 inches long that arrange themselves along the stem in an overlapping fashion.
The weeping jade plant is a great addition to your garden as it brings in bright orange-coloured flowers as it blooms.
3. Bluebird Money Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Arborescens Blue Bird Variegata
A slow-growing shrub, unlike most of the jades, the bluebird jade is a spring-growing plant. It is known for the unique leaves it possesses that thrive the most when they receive a healthy amount of sunlight. The leaves it bears are a mixture of aqua, cream, green, and red colour which are very unique.
This plant doesn’t need water according to a particular schedule but it benefits from regular watering. Perform a finger test to check the moisture level of the soil before you water the plant. The plant reaches a height of about 50 centimetres, which can even be reduced using containerization.
4. Comet Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Sarmentosa
Comet is known to have one of the most striking foliage in the entire crassula or jade plant family. The green centre of the plant is sandwiched between lime green which is complemented by the leaves that are a beautiful combination of green and yellow.
This plant has a very attractive reddish stem where each of the stems bears one-inch variegated leaves. It needs regular watering and exposure to light in order to maintain its variegated colors.
When exposed to full sun, the thin margins of the leaves become a shade of pink or red. In late fall, the pink buds bloom with white flowers.
5. Gollum Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Ovata ‘Gollum’
One of the jades to have a pop culture reference in its name, the “Gollum jade” which derives its name from its protruding finger-like foliage. This type of jade plant has tubular leaves that are red at the tips. It is because of this unique shape that it is also called “Finger Jade”, “Hobbit’s pipe jade” and “Trumpet Jade.”
During the winter season, this plant blooms in pink-white color. The Gollum jade plant stands out because of the unique contrast of the pink, white and green color that holds against each other and brings a pop of color to the house.
This plant thrives during the autumn-winter period and in seaside gardens. The changes in temperature, dryness and nutrition levels are responsible for changing the color of the foliage.
In addition to this, it is quite tough and resilient. Also, this plant is drought-resistant and needs watering only when the top soil feels dry.
6. Bear Paw Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Pubescens
One of many slow-growing jade shrubs, the bear paw jade plant maintains a green foliage but eventually gets a tinge of burgundy from its time under the sun. The leaves of the plant are fuzzy, slender and turn out to be about 1.6 inches long.
Also , this plant goes by the name “Jersey Pigmyweed” and you can go for one of these to add a reddish tinge to your home. Adding to the glory of this Spring beauty, one fact is that it blooms with white flowers that bring out the red in the plant. And the best part is that it is a great addition to both your indoor and outdoor garden.
Be sure that you maintain the plant well. The plant enjoys full to partial shade and water in moderation because excess watering kills the plant and underwatering will cause the leaves to wilt.
7. Variegated Gollum Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Ovata Gollum Variegata
This plant is a slightly larger version of the Gollum jade that we mentioned before. Common to many households and offices, this type of plant is a good option to help you spruce up the place. The leaves of the plant are spoon-shaped where the body is green with a slight touch of orange and the tips are red-colored.
The plant can grow up to 3 feet in height and become 2 feet wide. It also grows striking flowers which are star-shaped and pinkish-white in color. These flowers usually bloom in the winter-spring months.
8. Portulacaria Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Portulacaria
Although jade plants are known to be a tough sort of species, this type of jade requires even lower maintenance compared to others. With thick and small leaves, this plant enjoys a good amount of time in the sun. Sometimes under the bright sun, the leaves turn red.
This plant stands out among the other jade plants due to the fact that it grows very fast and can even survive a little neglect. This is the reason why it makes a good fit for you, even if you are beginning with gardening. Just be sure that the plant is not overwatered.
9. Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Ovata
This is the most common type among all the jade plants. In fact, this is the only plant that is mostly referred to when anyone talks about the jade plant. Many people enjoy cultivating jade plants in their homes and offices as they are considered to be symbols of good luck.
Also, this plant has oval- shaped leaves that are dark green in colour. These grow upward and span out. The flowers bloom around the winter months and are pink-white in color. It requires a good amount of exposure to sunlight and you should be careful not to water the plant too often or it will develop root rot.
10. Tiger Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Picturata
This is a short-growing type of jade plant with leaves that form a beautiful, yet compressed pagoda-like structure. The leaves of this green beauty are pointed, green, and heavily dotted. Along with this, each and every leaf is margined with small fine hair along the sides.
The surface of the leaves usually gets a powdery texture itself but it can be washed off with ease while watering the plant. A happy and healthy tiger jade is known to give pretty pinkish-white flowers but these can turn red if the plant is under a lot of stress.
The watering requirements of the plant are very moderate and can thrive in partial shade. It is a perfect summer plant.
11. Botany Bay Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Ovata ‘Botany Bay’
This variety of jade was brought into existence in 2011. Botany Bay plant is a compact one with a bushy ovata cultivar. In a dry climate, the plant becomes a reddish hue. Also, the fresh leaves of the plant grow with red tips.
This plant is called a “harbinger of wealth” because the leaves that the plant grows are coin-shaped. This is a slow-growing jade plant that has a shrub-like growing nature and can be easily shaped in any form.
The most attractive feature of this species is the plant’s light jade green foliage with red margins. The red color tends to become more intense in winter or in dry conditions. In ideal conditions, this type of jade can grow 1 metre tall over a span of five years.
12. String of Buttons Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Perforata
This is a unique kind of jade plant that has its leaves beautifully stacked on top of each other. This plant is more popularly known as “Necklace Vine”.
The leaves of this plant look like pasta and necklaces with grey and green colors. Also, the plant develops white or pink dots across the margin. These leaves tend to grow in a tight and spiral formation on the stem. Other than this, the plant bears pale yellow colored flowers.
This plant needs bright sunlight when it is in the growing phase and needs to receive water regularly. The affinity to sunlight makes your plant like the spring season the most.
13. Harbour Lights Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Ovata ‘Harbour Lights’
This beautiful jade is a plant of the late autumn and early winter season. The plant is mostly remembered for the red tinges on the tips of the green leaves. It is during the winter season when color pops out the most.
This jade plant is mostly popular for the attractive color it possesses and is usually used as an ornament. The leaves of this green beauty are smaller than most of the other jade plants. During the autumn and early winter months, the plant is blessed with pinkish-white flowers. Besides, the plant is considered ideal for seaside residential decorations.
Interestingly, the plant stores water to use in times of drought!
14. Pellucida Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Pellucida Variegata
Pellucida is another type of jade’s spring favorites. It is known to have yellow or green fleshy leaves that are pink or red colored around the edges. The spring season brings star-shaped, whitish-pink flowers to your plant.
This type of plant requires a lot of care and maintenance. You need to expose your plant to a lot of sunlight when it is growing. It needs a minimum of 5-6 hours of direct sunlight. A sunny indoor space in your house is an ideal location for the plant. Also, if you water regularly, the plant becomes very healthy. Make sure that you water the plant as soon as you see the soil is drying.
15. Hobbit Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Ovata ‘Hobbit’
The name, “Hobbit” is another movie reference in the jade family. It is known to have fleshy green leaves with red tips and blooms with pink-white flowers in early winter.
This type of jade plant is popular for its small height as it does not grow larger than 30 centimetres. Hobbit originated from the paradisia nursery in Vitoria. As we know by now, this is not the first jade plant that has red tips. It has similar features related to a lot of those other species that have red tips and pinkish-white flowers in winter.
Like other jade plants, it is also popular to bring fortune and happiness to your home. If you take proper care of the plant along with trimming and watering, the plant is believed to bless you.
16. Mucosa Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Muscosa
As the name suggests, the plant got its name from its moss-like structure. This type of plant needs low maintenance as compared to other jades and doesn’t get dirty very easily.
A great addition to your indoor family of greens, the mucosa plant is known to grow up to 12 inches tall and up to 8 inches wide. This makes it one of the larger jade plants among all other types of jades.
The leaves of the plant are light green in color and the plane mostly relies on sunlight for its color. Under the right conditions of sunlight and watering, this plant grows well. It needs a lot of exposure to sunlight and should be watered in moderation.
17. Skinny Finger Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Argentea Gollum
Skinny finger jade plant is very similar to Gollum and Hobbit in its appearance. The only difference that helps distinguish between them is that skinny fingers jade has much narrower, finger-like leaves. They are cylindrical in shape and generally have red tips. These tips blossom during the autumn-winter months with pink-white flowers.
The leaves of this plant grow up to 5 cm long and usually have red tips. The short branches and the volume of leaves give the plant a shrubby appearance.
It is not a mini jade plant but it does not grow too large. You can expect the plant to grow up to 3 feet in height. And if you are lucky, you may see the pinkish-white star-shaped flowers in winter.
18. Deceptor Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Deceptor
Crassula Deceptor is a dwarf succulent that usually grows in columns, with short, erect branches and fleshy leaves. These leaves are tightly packed together in overlapping pairs along with the branches.
The plant grows to a height of about 6 inches (15 cm). The leaves are grey-green in color, covered in white papillae, and are up to 2 cm long.
It grows tiny flowers which are cream-colored, usually fades towards brown, and is produced on a branched spike with loose cyme. Although easy to grow, the plant might be susceptible to bugs, hence make sure you pay proper attention to detect any form of infestation.
19. Hummel’s sunset Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Ovata ‘Hummel’s Sunset’
This succulent shrub has oval-shaped green leaves with gold and yellow edges. When it grows, it spreads out and up. It is a great succulent plant for beginners. You can expect white flowers in the Fall and Winter.
This plant received an award from the Royal horticultural society in 1993 for its stunning foliage color and thick bonsai-styled trunk. The leaves of the plant change color which turns from green to gold and red in the winter. It is precisely known as a type of colorful jade houseplant.
When the winter season arrives, the colors on the plant become darker. All these features make Hummel’s sunset an ideal centrepiece at the dinner table or on the shelf.
20. Tom Thumb Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Commutata
This type is one of the rarest jade plants that doesn’t tend to blossom with flowers. It has triangular leaves that help to retain moisture and assist the plant to withstand drought.
Since the plant doesn’t grow flowers, the leaves are the most attractive part of the plant because of their exceptional reddish edge and green colors. Because of its unique color which helps it to stand out in your house and garden.
This type of plant only needs proper sunlight but otherwise, they are fairly low-maintenance plants. It makes it a good option for those of you who are just a beginner in gardening.
21. Little Jade Tree
Scientific name – Crassula Ovata ‘Little Jade Tree’
As the name suggests, this type of plant is a small and compact one. It grows up to 12-16 inches tall in its lifetime. The leaves of this green beauty are oval-shaped, adorned with red edges.
Little jade was first brought into the marketplace in the year 2015. It was discovered by Jan Morgan from the Glenfield wholesale Nursery Picton site. You can gift this plant to someone special or a friend as it is the most popular wedding gift or party highlight. Little Jade can be found in small dish gardens or inside the house.
Most importantly, it requires regular exposure to sunlight and a moderate amount of watering. Also, the plant flowers irregularly.
22. Brevifolia Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Brevifolia
Brevifolia is a small succulent plant that is known for having short, fleshy leaves with rounded edges. Under direct sunlight, the edges of this plant get a unique reddish look. It grows best when exposed to bright light. Keep this plant in a sunny location in your home.
The plant blooms with pinkish flowers in early fall. But if the plant does not receive an appropriate amount of direct sun, it will not be able to bear flowers. It prefers neutral to slightly acidic soil but does not like extreme pH levels. For the plant to remain healthy, it needs to be watered regularly.
23. Miniature Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Ovata ‘Minima’
This plant is known to develop a bushy structure in a small container and the leaves form clusters on several small branches.
During the winter months, it grows pinkish-white flowers. Usually, this type of plant can grow up to 60 centimetres in height. Also, it looks extremely beautiful when placed on your balcony or courtyard because of the pinkish-white flowers. Mostly, this type is popular for tabletop decoration and acts as a great wedding gift.
As it is a dwarf tree, it does not cross 75 cm in height. When compared to other types of jade plants, this type of plant is not quite dense. Mini Jade plant gives a very tree-like appearance for a succulent. If you want to enhance the appearance of your room, miniature jade is a perfect choice.
24. Barklyi Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Barklyi
Barklyi type of jade is most popular for its strange appearance. This type of plant looks a lot like a rattlesnake tail. It is mostly found in the Northern Cape area of South Africa.
You may find this leafy beauty in rocky or gravelled areas. This succulent stands proudly on an erect stem that looks like a rattlesnake tail.
Also, it is slow-growing in nature and it may reach up to the height of 90-millimetres tall. For better growth of the plant, it needs strong direct sunlight. You can either plant the Barklyi in your garden or place it near a south-facing window in your home.
For growing Barklyi, always use a rocky blend potting mix for cultivating it indoors. Also, avoid overwatering it, because it can develop root rot.
25. Pink Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Ovata ‘Pink Beauty’
This glorious variety of jade got its name because of the star-shaped pink flowers that grow on the tips. The flowers cover the entire green surface of the plant in fall and winter. Also, this type of jade plant has more shades of pink compared to other varieties.
The foliage develops a red blush during the dry season. The pink flowers of this type of jade plant develop during early winter and late autumn season. Within 5 years’ time, it can grow up to 1 metre tall under ideal conditions.
The most interesting fact of this Pink Jade is that it has a pink-colored stem. Also, it is one of the larger jade species, that grows up to 1.5 m tall.
26. Pixie Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Ovata ‘Pixie’
Pixie is one of the newer jade plant species. It was introduced in 2014, and this compact jade plant has green leaves that change color and take a red hue when the plant is stressed. It also grows tiny pinkish-white flowers in colder months of the year. This is one of the best types of jade to have as a houseplant.
The height of this type of plant depends on the size of the pot used for potting. Also, it requires bright light and thorough watering to thrive in the best possible manner. Just make sure that you don’t overwater your plant.
27. Calico Kitten Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Marginata ‘Variegata’
Calico Kitten jade plant is a very pretty succulent that has heart-shaped leaves marked with rosy pink, creamy white, and green. During the spring season, dainty white flowers bloom on the plant, which can also last throughout the season in some cases.
Calico Kitten plants are easy to grow both indoors and out. They look great in rock gardens, hanging baskets, and xeriscapes. Calico Kitten Crassula requires abundant sunlight but should be planted where it isn’t blasted by the direct sun on hot afternoons. Also, make sure that the soil of the plant remains moist, especially when the plant is young.
28. Red Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Coccinea
If you are looking for a different type of flower with different color in jade species, then the Red Jade plant can be your best choice. Because unlike other species of jade, it does not bloom with pinkish-white flowers. Instead, as the name suggests, this type of plant usually bears red colored flowers.
It has triangulate-shaped leaves that are stacked to form cone-like stems. Also, this jade shrub grows up to 40 cm tall. In addition to this, the Red jade differs from other jades in flowering time too. It blooms in the summer season rather than in the winter.
29. Campfire Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Capitella ‘Campfire’
Campfire is another type of jade species with a unique look. The plant is known to have propeller-like foliage. Along with this, light green and bright red hues give the plant a dramatic look. In summer, it is blessed with white flowers.
As we have mentioned before, the leaves grow from short branches and look like scarlet propellers. It has densely stacked, triangular leaves that grow on branches up to 6 inches long.
During winter, if the plant receives proper attention and care, the tips of the leaves develop crimson shades. It grows best when placed under direct sunlight and thrives the most with regular watering.
Though the plant is eye-catching because of its red and green hues, it requires a lot of care and maintenance. If you are looking for a plant with less care and attention, this plant is not ideal for you!
30. Woolly Crassula Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Tomentosa
This is one of the more interesting types of jade plant, as its leaves grow in sort of a rosette shape. The leaves are mostly green in color but sometimes you can find a few red-colored leaves on your plant too.
The reason it is called “woolly jade” is because of the fine hairs that cover the entirety of the leaves. In the flowering season, this houseplant can reach a height of up to 60 cm. Also, the plant is known to bear yellowish flowers. This type of plant grows well in light shade and benefits from regular watering, especially when the soil feels dry.
31. Crassula Moonglow Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula mesembryanthemoides
This type of jade has long and narrow grey-green leaves that grow small white hair which ends up giving the plant a silver shine and makes it look like it’s covered in frost.
When you touch the plant, you can feel the softness of the leaves. The leaves grow upright and tend to form a dense cluster of small columns on top of each other.
Moonglow is not a natural jade but was developed as a hybrid of crassula falcata and crassula deceptor. Since then, it is a hybrid variety and is resistant to harsh environmental conditions which also grows with ease.
When this plant becomes mature, it develops beautiful white or red-colored flowers from the middle of the rosettes. It grows well with occasional watering and an abundant amount of sunlight.
32. Blush Plakkie Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Cultrata
Also known as the “Sharp-leaved Crassula ”, the most unique feature of Blush Plakkies is its reddish stems and light green elongated tear-shaped leaves. It is also known to have reddish-brown blushing on the edges of many leaves.
This type of jade typically grows about 80 cm tall. It looks more like a shrub rather than a tree. It grows tiny yellowish flowers that tend to form clusters on the ends of the plant stems. You need to give this plant a good amount of sunlight and some moderate watering only when the soil starts to feel dry.
33. Fairy Crassula Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Multicava
This type of plant looks like a fairy in real life because it looks so beautiful. This plant usually looks like a sedum plant with spoon-shaped green leaves that have red edges. When it is planted in groups, the uniformity in the pattern gives it a unique look compared to a lot of other jades.
Compared to other succulents, this is a pretty fast-growing plant. Also, it forms a beautiful mat in the backyard. The green-colored leaves always grow in opposite directions. In winter, it blooms pink to white star-shaped flowers. If you want your plant to stay healthy, just make sure that your plant receives ample amount of sunlight and a moderate amount of water.
34. Hottentotta Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Sericea ‘Hottentotta’
This type of jade plant is a variety of dwarf plant that belongs to the genus crassula, Hottentotta. It is a small succulent plant that has a likeness to lithops succulents, more than a jade plant.
It is also known to flaunt fuzzy leaves that are surrounded by small thin stems. Since this plant is a dwarf variety of succulents, do not expect it to grow higher than 15 cm.
When the plant flowers, it produces clusters of tiny flowers on an elongated flowerhead. If you take proper care of this plant, it blooms into white flowers.
35. Red Flames Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Capitella Thumb
Red Flames are one of the more distinct-looking varieties of the jade species. This type of plant has unique foliage that ends up looking like a pink-tinged rosette. Although the plant needs direct sunlight, when grown in shade, the leaves appear to be bright apple-green in color.
The most interesting fact is that this plant is one of the non-flowering jades, although the bright colors of the leaves compensate for the same. The plant thrives on a moderate amount of water.
36. Jade Necklace Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Marnieriana
The Jade Necklace is another type of non naturally occurring jade. It is a hybrid of Crassula perfoliata and Crassula Rupestris. This type of plant is quite similar to the “silver springtime.” Also, this plant is known to have thin leaves covered in triangular chubby succulent leaves.
This is an upright plant with erect leaves that form columns. The leaves are green but appear to be frosted with white papillae.
This type of jade is a little smaller compared to other jade plants and gives this succulent a necklace-like appearance, hence the name.
In the winter season, the plant grows beautiful clusters of white starry flowers emerging from the end of the stems. During the blooming season, you might find your plant growing small, and pinkish flowers start to appear. You can decorate both your outdoor or indoors with this plant but avoid extreme frost and/or extremely hot conditions.
37. Baby’s Necklace Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Rupestris
This type of jade plant is small round-shaped with grey-green reddish leaves that look like a beaded necklace and hence the name. This type of unique appearance makes it one of the prettiest crassula hybrids.
Another reason to admire this jade is the unique color of the leaves. The contrast between the greenish-yellow or bluish-yellow leaves and the maroon edging is very eye-catching and helps the plant to stand out in your garden.
This species is known to be fairly tough and can withstand mild frost, but it is best advised to keep them indoors during the winter months.
38. Silver Springtime Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Silver Springtime
Like a lot of other jades, this succulent plant has a thin stem that is packed in clusters of silvery-green colored leaves. During the winter season, your plant will be blessed with pink flowers.
This type of plant has a dwarf-like appearance that can be placed well on office desks, tables, or any other surfaces or spaces that are away from direct sunlight.
This plant is known to be a cross between the perfoliata and rupestris varieties. In the winter season, if you want your plant to grow flowers, make sure you protect it from any sort of exposure to frost.
One of the more interesting facts about this jade type is that it likes to remain pot-bound, which means it does not require repotting often.
39. Propeller Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula falcata
This variety of jade plant got its name because of its flat propeller-like succulent leaves. When you give proper growing conditions to this plant, it produces gorgeous red blooms. The plant rarely ever flowers, but when it does, it is known to produce dense clusters of red flowers in the centre of the propellers.
This succulent produces scarlet red and tiny flowers in the summer months. You can use this type of jade to enhance your indoor garden. It is a drought-tolerant plant but is known to benefit from regular watering. Just make sure that it is not overwatered and receives abundant sunlight, especially during the blooming season.
40. Lemon and Lime Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Ovata ‘Lemon and Lime’
Lemon and lime jade plants are known to have elongated oval-shaped leaves that have light lime and yellow color stripes. When grown in adequate sunlight, these leaves grow up to 5 cm long and develop light reddish edges.
The ‘Lemon & Lime’ jade bush can grow up to 4 feet tall when it is properly cared for and needs to be pruned to maintain its form as a shrub.
It is an ideal outdoor plant for your garden. Also, the plant has good heat tolerance and hence can be grown in hotter regions as well.
41. Gandalf Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula ‘Gandalf’
This Gandalf plant is another new type of compact hybrid jade plant. It is famous for featuring bright green, tubular succulent leaves with spoon-shaped suction cups.
This plant is a hybrid of horn-tree and minor which has green tube-like leaves with purple-red edges. It is said to bring good luck to its owner, like a lot of other jade plants we know of. It is one of the rare, non-flowering varieties of jade. Be sure you provide it with abundant exposure to sunlight and regular watering.
42. Green Penny Jade Plant
Scientific name – Portulacaria Afra Large Leaf
This type of jade is known for having round, fleshy leaves that grow on dark red stems. But remember that it is not a flowering variety of jade. This type of jade plant can attain a height of up to 2 metres but the height can be very easily controllable with the help of pruning.
It is a popular houseplant and is used to decorate balconies. It can also be shaped into hedges, fences as well as screens. For best results, expose it to ample sunlight and water it regularly.
43. Miniature Pine Tree Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Tetragona
Tetragona gets its name from the way its leaves arrange themselves along the stem. Many people grow Miniature Pine trees to use as ornaments in their homes. The plant grows bigger than most jades, i.e approximately 3 feet in height.
This is another one of the low-maintenance succulent plants that can be domesticated for ornamental purposes. It has needle-like, awl-shaped leaves along with a rich apple-green hue on trunk-like stems.
The plant’s leaves vary from dark green to green during the summer months. Also, the plant blooms with small yet beautiful white flowers.
This type of plant prefers bright sun but can survive mild frost. Also, you don’t have to worry about pests with this plant. It is quite resilient but can still be vulnerable to mealy bugs.
44. Money Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Ovata
The money plant is also known as the friendship plant or the lucky jade. It is one of the original varieties of jade plants that were discovered in the very beginning and is also amongst the most popular ones today.
It is the hardiest and fastest-growing type of all the jade varieties. During the winter months, pinkish-white flowers appear on the tip of the jade plant. In some cases, it can grow up to 2 metres tall.
This plant is also used to display in gardens or dividers when pruned properly. But the best place to keep your money jade plant is a bright location that is away from direct sunlight.
A large number of leaves make the plant look like a lush indoor shrub. Its succulent leaves can grow up to 3-9 cm long. Feng Shui practices say that this plant should be kept in the “money area” of your home or office to bring good luck and prosperity.
Moreover, it is a low-maintenance plant and can be grown both indoors and outdoors. Make sure that you plant it in a well-drained variety of soil because the plant cannot tolerate overwatering.
45. Variegated Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Ovata ‘Variegata’
This is a slow-growing, elegantly branched succulent with attractive green foliage striped in ivory and pale yellow. Also, you can find this plant very easy to care for and can be grown in any container and rock gardens.
Variegated jade plants blossom with showy clusters of white, star-shaped flowers with pink overtones from late winter to early spring.
Its leaves are colored in attractive green with white stripes and buttery yellow tinges. The rounded leaves are highly ornamental and remain green throughout the winter months.
46. Rainbow Bush Jade Plant
Scientific name – Portulacaria afra ‘Variegata’
Another one of the rarest non-flowering varieties of jade, this plant has a slow-growing succulent shrub with attractive reddish-brown stems and creamy-green, three-quarter-inch leaves.
Also, the most interesting fact is the tinge of magenta on the edge of the leaves of this plant, which fortunately grows all year round.
This is an easy-to-grow plant that thrives when exposed to abundant sunlight and watered on a regular basis.
47. Crosby’s Red Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Ovata ‘Crosby’s Red’
Crosby’s Red is quite similar to regular jade, only difference is that it is more compact and smaller. With the right amount of sunlight, it produces a magnificent hue of red.
Each one of the Crosby’s branches is covered in light green and red tear-shaped leaves, giving the plant a warm cosy look. These types of dwarf jades grow leaves that are about 2.5 cm long. An interesting feature of this jade plant is that it grows newly-grown leaves which are completely red.
To make this plant healthy and live long, you can delay or neglect watering but not overwatering. Standing in water for a long time makes this plant prone to root rot or fungal infections.
48. Large Elephant Jade Leaf Bush
Scientific name – Portulacaria Afra Macrophylla
This jade plant grows 8-12 feet tall with reddish-brown stems and 1 inch long leaves that are emerald green in color. This type is similar to Portulacaria Afra but with leaves that are twice the size and more widely spaced.
The leaves of this version of jade are rounded, fleshy green with a red edge and dark, red stems. Also, it can be grown as an ornamental houseplant. Moreover, this beautiful succulent can be pruned to control its height size.
49. Ripple Jade Plant
Scientific name – Crassula Ovata ‘Ripple Jade’
Also called the “Curly jade plant”, this type of plant is named “ Ripple Jade” because of its twisted appearance with bluish-green-grey leaves. Each leaf has a purplish or dark brown tinge to its edge. The plant can grow up to 90 cm long.
In 1974, this plant was first discovered and then introduced into the market soon after that. It is widely preferred for decorative purposes. Also, it has bonsai-like characteristics and waxy leaves which makes it stand out from other jade varieties. In addition to this, it has leaves all year round.
Ripple Jade is a drought-tolerant plant but make sure you water the tree when leaves start to get wrinkled.
50. Trailing Elephant Jade Bush
Scientific name – Portulacaria Afra ‘Cascade’
This plant is one of the most attractive varieties of the jade species, as it has maroon stems covered with rounded, fleshy leaves. It looks extremely beautiful over walls and achieves incredible lengths.
The cascade of this plant is also called “Prostrata”, the “Low Elephant Bushor”, “Trailing Elephant Bush” but remember that this is not a flowering variety. This type of jade can grow up to 1 metre in size. They are mostly used for cascading over dry retaining walls.
51. Pork Jade Bush
Scientific name – Portulacaria Afra
Pork bush plants don’t exactly belong to the crassula genus, but they look quite similar to the original jade plants. It’s a natural bonsai that needs the training to look like one. This kind of plant has woody red stems and small, round, and glossy green leaves and is also called the “Dwarf Plant”.
Pork bush is also known as the Chinese jade plant. It has ornamental and structural succulent features, hence making it an ideal houseplant.
It can grow up to 2 metres in height and with proper pruning, you can shape it in the most desirable manner. Pork bush is also known to withstand long droughts and heatwaves.
With so many varieties to choose from and with our guide, there is no doubt about the fact that jade plants are for everyone! Be it your outdoor gardens or indoor decor, from large plants to small, there are a plethora of options for all of us.
Apart from being decorative masterpieces, these also are harbingers of good luck for your homes which promote emotional and physical well-being for their owners. So what are we waiting for? Let’s bring home one today!
We hope you like this article and if any other variety that we forgot to mention in our article, please mention it in the comment section down below!
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