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Jade plant 'Gollum'

Crassula ovata 'Gollum'

Money plant 'Gollum', Friendship tree 'Gollum', Lucky tree 'Gollum', Pink Joy (Eng), Beestebul, Kerkij, Kerky, Plakkies (Afr.)

Crassula ovata 'Gollum' is a sturdy evergreen succulent cultivar that slowly develops a tree-like shape. It can grow up to 1.2m high. fleshy leaves are coloured bright green with red tips and these are tubular in shape, resembling the ears of the cartoon character Shrek the ogre. In late summer it can produce white-pink, star-shaped flowers. This species is known by multiple common names due to the interestingly shaped leaves, these include hobbit jade, gollum jade and trumpet jade.


Flowering time
Summer, Autumn


Collect the seeds once the flowers have dried up.​


The fine seeds are distributed by the wind. Mix the fine seeds with well draining soil, spread out in a thin layer, moisten the soil, create humidity with a plastic cover until germination.
Pick a healthy leaf, let the cut end touch the soil. Don't water until you see the roots forming. Stems should be dried off for a couple of weeks, plant in lightly watered well draining soil.
The genus Crassula are generally started by division, offsets or leaf cuttings. They can be easily propagated from leaves, simply remove cleanly from the mother plant, let callus for a few days until the wound has closed and place on soil or in water and wait for roots to develop. Roots usually grow first to seek out water, followed by new leaves. This may take anywhere from a week to a few months and there is no need to water propagating succulents as they will glean all the nutrition and moisture they require from their mother leaf, which will shrivel up over time. The original leaf may be gently removed once it has dried up and become crispy in texture, only remove if it comes away easily otherwise you risk damaging the baby plant.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
The abundant flowers will attract bees, beetles, butterflies, wasps and flies.
Indoor plant
Can be grown indoors in good light, therefore close to a window.
Drought resistant
This plant is like a succulent able to store water in its leaves, branches and stems and therefore does not require much water. Let the soil dry out between waterings to prevent root rot.
Pot plant
The jade plant grows very well in a pot given that it has enough light and is not exposed to frost and has good drainage.


South Africa, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal
Natural climate


Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Acid, Alkaline
Frost hardiness


The Khoi and other Africa tribes uses the jade plant medicinally by boiling the leaves in milk for the treatment of diarrhea.
The Khoi used to eat the roots by grating it as preparation before cooking and served it with thick milk.
Crassula ovata is a wonderful sculptural plant for pots, tubs, rockeries, retaining walls and gravel gardens and is the ideal plant for a water-wise garden. It can also be grown in pots indoors.


Flower colour
White to light pink., White, Pink


Generally pest free, but if you do find some pests then you can use most systemic insecticides. It is always a good idea not to spray houseplants inside, so rather take it outside to spray it and take all safety precautions as instructed on the insecticide. Crassula are susceptible to mealy bugs and fungal diseases. As with all succulents, over-watering is sure to be fatal, so err on the side of too dry rather than too wet.

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