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Aloidendron barberae (Giant Tree Aloe)

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Scientific Name

Aloidendron barberae (Dyer) Klopper & Gideon F.Sm.

Common Names

Giant Tree Aloe,Tree Aloe,  South African Tree Aloe

Synonyms

Aloe barberae (basionym), Aloe bainesii, Aloe bainesii var. barberae, Aloe zeyheri

Scientific Classification

Family: Asphodelaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Tribe: Aloeae
Genus: Aloidendron

Description

Aloidendron barberae, formerly know as Aloe barberae, is a slow-growing tree up to 54 feet (18 m) tall. The stem can reach up to 3 feet (90 cm) in diameter. The branching is forked or dichotomous and eventually forms a spreading, rounded crown. The leaves are arranged in a dense rosette. They are long, narrow, deeply channelled and curved. The leaf surface is dark green with a toothed margin. The inflorescence is simple or divided into 3 side branches. The flowers are tubular, rose pink, green-tipped and appear in winter.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Aloe is a very forgiving plant, and a well-grown plant 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.

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.

It needs strong, bright light. They can withstand full summer sun, once acclimated. In the winter, provide bright light. It prefers warmer temperatures of 70 to 80 °F (21 to 27 °C), but will survive down to 40 °F (4.5 °C). Feed with a cactus fertilizer in the summer only. Suspend feeding in the winter as the plant goes dormant… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Aloe

Origin

Aloidendron barberae is native to South Africa northwards to Mozambique.

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