The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Pink Joy

Afrikaans name: Beestebul

Pink Joy

Pink Joy

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Crassula ovata

The Pink Joy is a shrub that goes under a number of names including Jade Plant and Kerky Bush. It is a popular plant in gardens around South Africa and also thrives in containers in many other countries around the world.

The Pink Joy grows to a maximum height of 3 metres but is normally smaller. It has dark green succulent leaves. The large bunches of pinkish flowers occur in late winter to spring.

Its natural habitat is rocky slopes in valleys and it is found in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

In some countries this plant is regarded as a tree of happiness or of financial success and it attracts good luck to your household if you have one. In these countries it often goes under names such as Money Tree or Dollar Plant.

Pink Joy

Above - Pink Joy

Photo © Steven Herbert

References and further reading

Succulents of South Africa - Author: E. Van Jaarsveld, B. Van Wyk and G. Smith - Published: 2000 - Page: 113

The Complete Field Guide to Trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei - Author: Elsa Pooley - Published: 1994 - Page: 110

The Gardener - 2018/08 - Author: - Published: 2018 - Page: 6

The Gardener - 2020/07 - Author: - Published: 2020 - Page: 51

The Gardener - 2020/09 - Author: - Published: 2020 - Page: 12

Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Published: 2002 - Page: 239

Field guide to Succulents of Southern Africa - Author: Gideon Smith & Neil Crouch - Published: 2017 - Page: 286

Guide to Succulents of Southern Africa - Author: Gideon Smith & Neil Crouch - Published: 2009 - Page: 76

Indigenous Garden Plants of Southern Africa - Author: Glenice Ebedes - Published: 2017 - Page: 68

Succulent Flora of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Doreen Court - Published: 2010 - Page: 96


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