Bonsai trees

The Jade bonsai

Latin name

Crassula ovata syn. Crasssula arborescens

Common name

Jade tree


The origins of the jade tree can be found in various regions of South Africa. In their natural habitat they can grow up to 3 metres tall, they have a well defined trunk with a decent girth but the branches are very fine supporting fleshy leaves. In bright sunny areas the leaves can develop a rosy border and as the tree matures the trunk will change colouration from a juvenile green to a more mature reddish brown colouration. They are capable of producing flowers when kept correctly which are very small and white.


indoor bonsai, in more warmer climates they can be housed outside but for cooler regions indoors is a must.


Light: You should place the Jade bonsai in a sunny situation where it will thrive absorbing the rays directly from the sun.

Temperature and exposure

Avoid temperatures lower than 10°C.

Pruning and forming

Cut twigs and sprouts if they grow more than the desired length especially during Spring. Cut larger limbs throughout the entire year. In order to form the Jade tree properly, don't let twigs grow at the lowest levels. Never seal the wounds after pruning as this can cause rot on the tree.

Soil and replanting

Sandy and good pervious soil. Replant the tree every two years throughout the Spring.

Watering and fertilization

The Jade tree doesn't require any heavy watering, so only water after short periods of the potting medium drying out, the fleshy leaves will hold a fair amount of water themselves. Watering during Winter should be done once per 3-4 weeks. Fertilization is necessary only once per month.


By cutting at any time. Twigs or leaves will produce roots in sandy soil easily.


The Informal Upright style, The Double-Base style, The Multi-Base style, The Barge style. This bonsai looks the best if reaches medium sizes at least.


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