Crassula ovata 'Hummel's Sunset' - Golden Jade



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'Hummel's Sunset' or Golden Jade (Crassula ovata): A superstar grower whether kept indoors as a potted plant or grown outside (zone 9+) as a dense, mounding shrub. Its glossy, ovate (egg-shaped) leaves sprout from thick, woody branches and turn golden yellow with red margins when grown in full sun.

'Hummel's Sunset' is a cultivar named for plant hybridizer Ed Hummel. The Jade species is native to South Africa and Mozambique where it grows en masse on rocky slopes, though it's now also ubiquitous in the Southern California landscape. Indoor growing, small pots, and pruning will keep Golden Jade in a small, bonsai size.

Jade is a forgiving grower and makes a great choice for beginners and low light rooms, though it can revert back to green when when unstressed by sun and heat. It has excellent resistance to pests, disease, deer, and neglect. Just give it a well-draining soil, protection from hard frost, and a deep watering when the soil is completely dry. Eventually, mature, outdoor shrubs do not need irrigation at all. You can even observe C. ovata shrink during droughts and swell when rehydrated. Jade reproduces readily from cuttings and produces dense clusters of white, star-shaped blossoms in the winter.

After trials by the Royal Horticultural Society, 'Hummel's Sunset' won the Award of Garden Merit in 1993.

Crassula can show tiny white or black dots on their leaves. These are healthy, water-transferring pores called "hydathodes" and not a sign of disease.

Full Crassula Guide

Product Size

2.0" Pot

Color - Primary

Green / Lime

Color - Secondary

Red / Burgundy

Color - Secondary

Yellow / Gold

Bloom Color

White Bloom

Cold Hardiness

Zone 9 (20F)

Cold Hardiness

Zone 10 (30F)

Recommended Light Conditions

Bright Indoor Light

Recommended Light Conditions

Full Sun

Maximum Height

Over 12"

Growth Habit / Shape


Growth Habit / Shape

Vertical Grower / Tall Stem


Blooms in Fall / Winter

Special Characteristic

Easy to Propagate

Special Characteristic

Slow Grower

Recommended Purpose

Hard to Kill

USDA Zone map for average annual extreme minimum temperatures


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