Coral Reef Chinese Sedum


Sedum tetractinum 'Coral Reef' (Chinese Sedum)

Sedum tetractinum 'Coral Reef' (Chinese Sedum) is a red-leaved cultivar of Sedum tetractinum. It is a mat-forming stonecrop with foliage…

Sedum tetractinum ‘Coral Reef’ (Chinese Sedum) – Succulent plants

Sedum tetractinum ‘Coral Reef’ is an ornamental, low-growing, mat-forming stonecrop or sedum cultivar. The foliage typically grows up to 7.5 cm (3 inches) tall but spreads to 30 cm (12 inches) wide or more. Creeping stems root at the nodes. The tiny, star-shaped, white to pale pink flowers, up to 2 cm wide, bloom in July to August on stems rising up to 12.5 cm tall. The leaves are round, flat and green in color.

Scientific Classification:

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Sedum

Scientific Name: Sedum tetractinum ‘Coral Reef’
Common Names: Chinese Sedum, Coral Reef Chinese Sedum

How to grow and maintain Sedum tetractinum ‘Coral Reef’ (Chinese Sedum):

It requires full sun to light shade. Two to four hours of afternoon sunlight is best for the plant. South-facing windows are ideal or west, north-facing will not encourage growth.

It grows best in Well-draining, poor soils, sand, rock gardens, and rich garden soil, under a variety of light levels. Use 2 parts potting soil, 2 parts coarse sand, 2 parts peat and 1 part perlite or crushed charcoal.

It Prefers ideal temperature between 65°F – 75°F / 18°C – 25°C during summer. Temperature no lower than 50 °F – 55°F / 10°F – 12.7°C is best. It does best in hotter conditions. Try not to keep the plant outside in freezing temperatures.

Sedum plant needs more water in the spring and summer, but you can allow the topsoil to become slightly dry between each watering. During the winter season, reduce watering.

Fertilize once a month with a diluted liquid fertilizer or use a slow-releasing nitrogen-based fertilizer, during the spring and summer season.

It can be easily propagated by stem and leaf cuttings. you can break off one of the stems and push it into the ground where you would like to grow it. The stem will root very easily. Or Cut off leaves from the stem, let them dry, and then place the cutting into the soil. Keep the potting soil moist until the cutting begins to grow.

Re-pot your plant every year or every two years. As the plant grows, you should move it to a wider pot so the new stems and roots have enough room to develop. Repotting is best done during spring.

Pests and Diseases:
Sedum plant has is no serious pests or diseases issues. Watch for aphids and flies. You can dispose of them by spraying insecticidal soap or neem oil over the foliage.

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Sedum tetractinum 'Coral Reef'

Coral Reef Chinese Sedum foliage

Coral Reef Chinese Sedum foliage

This well-behaved stonecrop species is an excellent edging or rock garden plant particularly for hot dry sites a low, spreading carpet of elegant round green leaves dappled reddish-bronze in autumn bright yellow flowers make a lovely late summer display

Coral Reef Chinese Sedum is bathed in stunning yellow star-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from mid to late summer. Its attractive succulent round leaves are green in color. The foliage often turns coppery-bronze in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Coral Reef Chinese Sedum is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Coral Reef Chinese Sedum is recommended for the following landscape applications

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Coral Reef Chinese Sedum will grow to be only 4 inches tall at maturity extending to 6 inches tall with the flowers, 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. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant 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. 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.

Sedum, Stonecrop, Chinese Sedum 'Coral Reef'


Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs Water regularly do not overwater

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USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)

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Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Kure Beach, North Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:

On Mar 15, 2013, montsho from Tracy, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I got this as a throw in on a plant order. It looked as if it was done so I threw away the main plant but luckily a piece broke off and I planted it. 9 months later I have two large plants growing from the 1 tiny piece I planted. Just waiting to see the blooms. Extremely fast growing Sedum.

On Jun 1, 2008, dee_cee from Birmingham, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

I started out with one 3" pot of this stuff & it spread nicely throughout the season. The next year I cut many longer stems, clipped off the bottom leaves, & planted them in holes dug with a screwdriver. All survived & the following year many bloomed with the familiar yellow sedum flower.

I've started pots to give to friends & all are doing well!

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