Crassula ovata, commonly called jade plant, is native to South Africa. It is a popular branched succulent shrub that may grow to 6’ tall. In St. The Jade is grown indoors and borrows itself from the bonsai in the way it grows like a miniature tree, with a trunk and branches. It is also a succulent that will retain water well within the leaves, just like the cactus plant.This succulent is a hardy fellow and has two main requirements for a healthy long life, which is water and plenty of light.As it matures, its trunk-like succulent stems often take on the appearance of a miniature tree. Oblong, fleshy, shiny, evergreen leaves (to 2” long). Leaves may acquire red tints when grown in direct sun. Tiny flowers may appear in spring.