Crassula ovata ‘Money Tree’

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Basic Info

Crassula Ovata is kown to many as the ‘Money Tree’. As the plant matures you can expect it to reach up to 91 cm (36″) tall and about 61 cm (21″) in diameter. The plants main feature are the green fleshy leaves that are covered by red edges. 

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae
Genus: Crassula

Care and Propagation Information


Crassula Ovata ‘Money Tree’ can be quite beautiful when it is well-taken care off. This succulent type needs less watering than other succulents. The watering method is very important to keep your Money Tree healthy. It should not sit on the water, and an excess amount of water should be avoided. The best way of watering is soak and dry method for the Crassula Ovata. Yet, the succulent should be controlled to avoid overwatering.

General Care for Crassula Ovata ‘Money Tree’

This succulent type is known to be dormant during the Summer. Although being not active during the warmest months it is still one of the best plants used as a bonsai tree. You will most deffenetly enjoy owning the Money Tree.

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Quick Facts:

  • Prefers full sun
  • Can be grown indoors
  • Grows 91 cm (36″) tall
  • Grows up to 61 cm (21″) wide
  • Can die easily if overwatered see: How to Water Succulent Plants
  • Does not handle cold well
  • Thrives best in zone -6,7°c (20°F)
  • Best propagated by leaves
  • Generally known to be toxic to people and animals
  • Known to be dormant during the Summer

Where to Plant

Crassula Ovata ‘Money Tree’ is a succulent that needs strong light. When planting this Crassula Ovata in your garden, make sure it gets sunlight. Full to partial sun is the best for its growth. It is better to grow outdoor rather than indoor.

This type of succulent prefers a warm climate. It can survive at the zone which is around -6,7 °C (20°F). If you live in a cold area, it is better to plant Crassula Ovata ‘Money Tree’ in an indoor environment. As long as it gets enough sunlight, the plant will grow happily.

How to Propagate Crassula Ovata ‘Money Tree’

Crassula Ovata ‘Money Tree’ can be propagated by leaves. Propagating by seeds would be difficult since this succulent is a difficult type to grow. This slow-growing succulent type does not require repotting often. Of course, the first-time repotting is essential when it is bought from the store.

Like all the other succulent types, a well-drained soil mixture is essential. If you want to know about well-drained soil mixtures, check How to Prepare Well-drained Soil for Succulent Plants.


Crassula Ovata ‘Money Tree’ propagates from the offsets. To be able to propagate from the mother plant, you should wait several years for the main plant to produce an offset. To start this process, use a sharp knife and remove an offset from the main plant. When you remove the offset, clean the extra soil from it. Before replanting, wait for a few days to allow it to callous. Use well-draining soil for your new succulent plant. Don’t forget to water when the soil dries out.


This succulent type is a slow grower so even if it can be propagated by its seeds, this method is not recommended. To propagate from the seeds, plant the seeds in a well-draining soil mixture. This method can be used outdoors. In cooler areas, indoor propagating is recommended.

Origin and Habitat

Crassula Ovanta ‘Money Tree’ Is best known in South Africa and Mozambique where it comes from.

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