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Aloe tongaensis ‘Medusa’ – Mozambique Tree Aloe

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Scientific Name

Aloe tongaensis ‘Medusa’

Common Names

Mozambique Tree Aloe

Synonyms

Aloe ‘Medusa’, Aloe barberae ‘Medusa’, Aloe bainesii ‘Medusa’

Scientific Classification

Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Genus: Aloe

Description

Aloe tongaensis ‘Medusa’ is a medium-to-large sized tree Aloe, growing up to 12 feet (3.6 m) tall with heavily branching stems and thin, 1.5 inches (3.7 cm) long, pale green, recurved leaves. It flowers in early winter with the flower stem rising up to 2 feet (60 cm) before branching with each upright branch bearing compact rounded clusters of pale orange buds opening to a pale salmon or yellow color.

Aloe tongaensis 'Medusa' - Mozambique Tree Aloe

Photo via gardenweb.com

How to Grow and Care

Aloe is a very forgiving plant, and a well-grown Aloe can be quite beautiful. As with all succulents, it’s essential that Aloe is never allowed to sit in stagnant water, and the plant should be carefully monitored to watch for signs of overwatering. Water generously in the summer and nearly cease watering in the winter. Do not let water stand in the rosettes. Prefers warmer temperatures of 70ºF/21ºC to 80ºF/27ºC, but will survive down to 40ºF/4.5ºC.

Aloe are not particularly fast-growing and will only rarely need repotting. Repot plants in the spring that are tipping over their pots or have ceased growing. Use a fast-draining potting mix with one-third sand or pebbles. During repotting of a larger plant, it is possible to carefully divide the root ball. Some kinds of aloe will send off off-sets that can be potted independently… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Aloe.

Origin

Native to sandy tropical coastal forests at the border between Mozambique and South Africa.

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