Miniature Pine Tree
Crassula tetragona L. is the correct and accepted scientific name for the Miniature Pine Tree. It was named and described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in the first volume of the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.
Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 201 accepted species in the Crassula genus (as of 11-10-18 when I am making this page).
I acquired my first cutting of Crassula tetragona in 2012 and brought it with me when I moved back to Missouri in 2013. For some reason it didn’t make it. I was glad to see a few at Wagler’s Greenhouse in September of 2018 so I brought one home with me.
I brought the potted plants inside on October 10 (2018) because the weather forecast said there was a chance of frost. The Crassula tetragona is 11 1/4″ tall.
Origin: Cape Provinces in South Africa
Zones: USDA Zones 10a-11 (30-40° F)
Size: 6-12” tall
Light: Sun to part shade
Soil: Very well draining.
Water: Regular watering during the growing period but barely in the winter.
The Crassula tetragona was doing great in one of bedrooms in a south facing window. Then my son moved in with em and took over that bedroom. I did go in and check on the plants occasionally and they always seemed to be doing OK. Then, when it came time to move them back outside for the summer, I noticed the Crassula tetragona had lost a lot of leaves. Then some of the top stem broke off, maybe from the wind and the railing on the deck. Anyway, I put the pieces that broke off in the pot. The plant is doing fine but not as attractive as before. I moved it to another part of the back deck. I will add photos soon no matter what it looks like.
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