The jade plant is an evergreen with thick branches. It has thick, shiny, smooth, leaves. Some varieties may develop a red tinge on the edges of leaves when exposed to high levels of sunlight. As a succulent, Crassula ovata requires little water in the summer, and even less in the winter. The jade plant is a little susceptible to overwatering. The jade plant is well known for its bonsai capabilities, since it forms a bonsai very easily when pruning is done correctly. Many who learn bonsai begin with a jade plant, since they are durable, easy to put through the bonsai process, and attractive.