DESCRIPTION: A compact variety with unusual curled, tubular leaves with spoon-like tips brushed with red; very drought-tolerant and does well in poor soils; pink flowers in fall; an excellent choice...
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DESCRIPTION: A compact variety with unusual curled, tubular leaves with spoon-like tips brushed with red; very drought-tolerant and does well in poor soils; pink flowers in fall; an excellent choice for containers and rock gardens.

BOTANICAL NAME: Crassula ovata 'Hobbit'
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AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 60 cm 
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 30 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun, Partial shade
FLOWER COLOUR: Green
FLOWERING TIME: Fall
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Green
COLD HARDINESS: Annual
WATER NEEDS: Drought Tolerant
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Ornamental Features

Hobbit Jade Plant is bathed in stunning corymbs of pink star-shaped flowers at the ends of the branches from early to late fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has attractive red-tipped green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The succulent narrow leaves are highly ornamental and remain green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Hobbit Jade Plant is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and can be pruned at anytime. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Hobbit Jade Plant is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Hobbit Jade Plant will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. It has a low canopy. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Hobbit Jade Plant makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception.

 
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