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Aeonium arboreum (Tree Aeonium)

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Scientific Name

Aeonium arboreum (L.) Webb & Berthel

Common Names

Tree Aeonium, Thickleaf Aeonium, Pinwheel Desert Rose, Fisiulera, Tree Anemone, Houseleek Tree, Irish Rose

Synonyms

Sempervivum arboreum, Aeonium korneliuslemsii

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Aeonium arboreum is a tree-like succulent which forms branched stems up to 3 feet (90 cm) tall. The rosettes are arranged at the ends of its branches. The leaves are shiny green, spoon-shaped and up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) long. This plant grows quickly and produces small, star-like, yellow flowers on racemes from late winter through early spring. Flower stems emerge from the center of the rosettes. The rosette die after flowering.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °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 a variety of soil types, as long as they're well-drained, it prefers light, porous soil. 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. In the wild, these succulents go dormant in summer, so water sparingly during the hotter months, allowing plants to dry out between waterings. In the winter, reduce watering to once per month.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for a Tree Aeonium (Aeonium arboreum).

Origin

Aeonium arboreum is native to North Africa and Canary Islands.

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