Crassula arborescens subsp. arborescens
Vascular – Exotic
Dicotyledonous Trees & Shrubs
There are two subspecies - Crassula arborescens subsp. arborescens and subsp. undulatifolia. The latter has elliptic, undulate, and erect leaves. It may also be mistaken for Crassula ovata but can be distinguished by the waxy bloom on the almost spherical leaves of Crassula arborescens subsp. arborescens.
crassula: From the Latin crassus ‘thick’, meaning ‘rather thick’
arborescens: Becoming a tree
Reason For Introduction
Life Cycle Comments
Mainly vegetative from leaves which form plantlets and discarded pieces of stem which root freely. Very slow growing
Possibly formed in New Zealand, These are small and long-lived.
Through disarticulation of leaves and stems. Mainly accidental (the first record originated from a car crash!) but possibly deliberate. In new Zealand it is very slow growing.
Drought tolerant. Will tolerate cold once established but not heavy frost or snow.