30 Types of Jade Plants | Best Jade Varieties

Read about the different Types of Jade Plants and invite good luck and prosperity to your home with these pretty and easy to maintain succulents!

Jade plants belong to the crassula genus and the most important thing to note here is it’s not just one plant that is called this. There are many of them and they come in different varieties with diverse colors and sizes. If you too want to grow one of them in your home or garden, then pick the best one from the 30 Types of Jade Plants in this listicle.

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Best Types of Jade Plants

1. Silver Dollar Jade

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Botanical Name: Crassula arborescens

Also known as the blue buddha bush, this succulent is popular for its silver-blue leaves with burgundy edges. It also grows flowers during winter months.

2. Blue Bird Money Plant

Botanical Name: Crassula arborescens blue bird variegata

Variegated leaves of this variety sets it apart from the other types of jade plants, with a blend of aqua, cream, green, and red. The size can be controlled by growing in containers.

3. Gollum Jade

Botanical Name: Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’

It got its name due to the protruding finger-like foliage. The leaves are tubular in shape and red at the tips. The plant flowers in pink-white blooms in winters.

4.  Variegated Gollum Jade

Botanical Name: Crassula ovata gollum variegata

This jade plant variety is slightly bigger than ‘Gollum’ jade. The leaves are green with an orange tint and red tips with a tubular or spoon-like shape.

5. Jade Plant

Botanical Name: Crassula ovata

Crassula ovata is the most common and popular variety and offers oval-shaped thick dark green leaves that grow upward and spans out. It also grows pink-white flowers in winter.

6. Botany Bay

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Botanical Name: Crassula ovata ‘Botany Bay’

Introduced in 2011, this compact, bushy ovata cultivar flaunts red hues in dry conditions. The fleshy light green leaves have red tips.

7. Harbor Lights

Botanical Name: Crassula ovata ‘Harbor Lights’

The red tinges on the tips of green plumped leaves become more intense in winter, making it more attractive! One of the best types of jade plants on the list!

8. Hobbit

Botanical Name: Crassula ovata ‘Hobbit’

Popular for the dwarf structure, it grows up to not larger than 10-12 inches. The plant has fleshy green leaves, red tips, and grows pink-white flowers in early winter.

9. Lady Fingers Jade

Botanical Name: Crassula ovata ‘Skinny fingers’

The jade varieties Gollum, hobbit, and ladyfingers look somewhat similar, the only difference is ladyfingers has much narrower, finger-like leaves.

10. Hummel’s Sunset

Botanical Name: Crassula ovata ‘Hummel’s Sunset’

‘Hummel’s Sunset’ was awarded by the Royal Horticultural Society in 1993 for its striking foliage color. Its leaves turn from green to gold and red in winter.

11. Little Jade Tree

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Botanical Name: Crassula ovata ‘Little Jade Tree’

Just like the name, this small and compact variety can grow up to 12-16 inches tall and features oval-shaped green fleshy leaves adorned with red edges.

12. Miniature Jade

Botanical Name: Crassula ovata ‘Minima’

It is quite different from the Crassula Ovata ‘Little Jade Tree’. The plant creates a bushy structure in small containers and forms leaves clusters on several little branches.

13. Pink Jade

Botanical Name: Crassula ovata ‘Pink Beauty’

This beautiful variety got its name because of clusters of star-shaped pink blooms that grow on the tips and cover the entire plant in fall and early winter.

14. Calico Kitten

Botanical Name: Crassula marginata ‘Variegata’

Colorful ‘Calico Kitten’ exhibits eye-catching grey-green leaves with pink-cream and lemon edges in a spectacular shape of ‘heart.’

15. Campfire

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Botanical Name: Crassula capitella ‘Campfire’

It has propeller-like foliage with light green and bright red hue, which gives it a dramatic look. It also produces white flowers during the summer.

16. Crassula Moon Glow

Botanical Name: Crassula mesembryanthemoides

This unique succulent has long and narrow gray-green leaves with small white hair that gives it a silver shine and makes it look like its covered in frost!

17. Fairy Crassula

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Botanical Name: Crassula multicava

It looks more like a sedum plant with spoon-like green leaves, having red edges. When planted in groups, it can create an outstanding uniform look.

18. Red Flames

Botanical Name: Crassula capitella Thunb.

This variety is prized with distinct-looking foliage that looks like a pink-tinged rosette. Grow it in shade and the leaves will take a bright apple-green color.

19. Baby’s Necklace

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Botanical Name: Crassula rupestris

One of the prettiest crassula hybrids, baby’s necklace is a head-turner! It has small round-shaped gray-green reddish leaves that resemble a beaded necklace.

20. Propeller Plant

Botanical Name: Crassula falcata

It has got the common name because of flat propeller-like succulent leaves. In favorable growing conditions, the plant also produces gorgeous red blooms.

21. Gandalf Jade

Botanical Name: Crassula ‘Gandalf’

A hybrid of horn-tree and minor, Gandalf has green tube-like leaves with purple-red edges. It is also said to bring good luck to its owner.

22. Miniature Pine Tree

Botanical Name: Crassula tetragona

This low-maintenance succulent showcases needle-like, awl-shaped leaves having a rich hue of apple-green on small, trunk-like stems. You can also grow it as bonsai.

23. Variegated Jade Plant

Botanical Name: Crassula ovata ‘Variegata’

This easy-to-grow variety displays silver-white stripes on the green leaves. It also flowers in pink-white blooms.

24. Crosby’s Red

Botanical Name: Crassula Ovata ‘Crosby’s Red’

Somewhat similar to the regular jade, it is much more compact and small. Expose the plant to the sun and it will take a magnificent hue of red.

25. Ripple Jade Plant

Botanical Name: Crassula arborescens undulatifolia

Compare to the normal jade plant, this variety has rippled foliage. It’s also known as “curly jade plant.”


Portulacaria Afra

Portulacaria afra is a succulent species from Africa, which is also known as dwarf jade plant, baby jade, and elephant bush. It looks similar to the original jade but it has smaller leaves and compact growth. Once established, it’s quick-growing, hardier, and easy to care plant than the common jade.

25. Baby Jade Plant

 

Botanical Name: Portulacaria afra

The baby jade plant doesn’t belong to the crassula genus though it looks similar to the original jade plant but with smaller leaves. It’s a natural bonsai and needs a little training to look like one, which is why we also added it to our list of best indoor bonsai trees.

26. Yellow Rainbow Bush

Botanical Name: Portulacaria afra ‘Aurea’

This slow-growing, sprawling groundcover succulent has beautiful red-brown stems and rounded pale yellow to light green leaves.

27. Trailing Elephant Bush

Botanical Name: Portulacaria afra ‘Cascade’

This attractive succulent has maroon stems, covered with rounded fleshy leaves. It cascades beautifully over walls and achieves incredible lengths!

28. Large Leaf Elephant Bush

Botanical Name: Portulacaria afra macrophylla

This attractive variety produces rounded, fleshy green leaves with red edges on dark red stems. This beautiful succulent can be controlled by pruning when grown as a houseplant.

29. Rainbow Bush

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Botanical Name: Portulacaria afra ‘Variegata’

Rainbow Bush features cream-colored foliage, patterned with light green center stripes and a tinge of magenta on the edges of leaves.


Bonus

Turquoise Jade Vine

Botanical Name: Strongylodon macrobotrys

This beautiful vine is not a member of the Crassula genus but is popular for striking flowers made up of dangling clumps of bright blue-green, claw-shaped blooms.

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