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Tree Aloe

Aloidendron barberae

Also known as

Eastern Tree Aloe , Boomaalwyn (Afr.), Umgxwala, Indlabendlazi, Impondonndo, Inkalane-Enkulu

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

8a-11b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

15m

Max

8m

5m

Min

1m

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Tree Aloe Overview

A sculptural tree that forms a striking garden focal point. It is Africa's largest aloe, growing up to 15 m high and having a stem of up to 0.9 m in diameter. Its bark is grey and smooth and has green re-curved leaves with pink flowers in the winter. Cultivation is easily done from truncheons, seeds, ​and small stem cuttings. It branches dichotomously, the end result a rounded symmetrical crown. Lower leaves soon becoming deciduous. This is a common feature plant. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga.

Common problems with Tree Aloe

Over watering or poor drainage can lead to root rot, but is seldom a problem where plants are watered correctly. The leaves may sometimes be susceptible to attack from aphids and scale insects which can be controlled with an oil-based spray.

Tree Aloe Companion Plants

How to harvest Tree Aloe

Seeds should be allowed to mature and dry for at least 3 months after flowering before they are harvested.

How to propagate Tree Aloe

Seed

Sow seeds during spring or summer months. Plant in seed trays with coarse river sand. Germination should take place within 3 weeks. Replant in desired position when plants are large enough to handle.

Cuttings

Cuttings or truncheons should be left to dry for at least 3 weeks before planting them in river sand.

Special features of Tree Aloe

Drought resistant

Good drought tolerance, but will benefit from regular watering during dry spells.

Attracts birds

Nectar-loving birds including sunbirds are attracted by the nectar that is produced by the flowers.

Attracts useful insects

Butterflies and insects loving the sweet nectar.

Attracts bees

Other uses of Tree Aloe

Landscaping

Aloidendron barberae makes a striking garden specimen.