5 years to reach maturity
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
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 or truncheons should be left to dry for at least 3 weeks before planting them in river sand.
Special features of Tree Aloe
Good drought tolerance, but will benefit from regular watering during dry spells.
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.
Other uses of Tree Aloe
Aloidendron barberae makes a striking garden specimen.