Aeonium arboreum var. atropurpureum f. cristatum
Accepted Scientific Name
Aeonium arboreum var. atropurpureum (W.A. Nicholson) A.Berger
Crested Purple Aeonium, Crested Purple Rose
Aeonium atropurpureum f. cristatum
Aeonium arboreum var. atropurpureum f. cristatum is a succulent shrub that produces magnificent fun-shaped rosettes of purple leaves at the ends of the branches, changing in and out of its crested mode during the years. Flowers are yellow and appear arranged in long clusters in summer.
USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Tree Aeonium grows best in full sun during the cooler months and when grown in coastal areas. When grown inland or during the summer, provide this succulent with afternoon or partial shade. Avoid placing Tree Aeoniums in sites with western sun exposures.
Though Tree Aeoniums tolerate various soil types — as long as they're well-drained — it prefers light, porous soil. Therefore, you may want to amend your planting site with sand and limestone chips. For container gardening, plant Tree Aeonium in a moderately moist medium with excellent drainage.
This drought-tolerant plant hates water around its roots, so be careful to avoid excessive watering. These succulents go dormant in summer in the wild, so water sparingly during the hotter months, allowing plants to dry out between waterings. In the winter, reduce watering to once per month.
Cultural problems can cause massive damage to Black Rose plants, including leaf loss. Soggy soil and over-watering are perhaps the most common and serious cultural issues for Black Rose plants because too much water will drown the roots and may lead to root rot, particularly during cold weather.
See more at Why Are Leaves Falling Off My Black Rose?.
This succulent is a crested form of Aeonium arboreum var. atropurpureum.
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