Aeonium arboretum is commonly called the tree Aeonium or tree houseleek. Native to the Canary Islands and areas around the Mediterranean this is a large growing succulent that can form small shrub over time.
The species itself has green foliage and in spring a large flower head of bright yellow in a conical shape.
This is a species that has more to offer, many cultivars are available, foliage varies greatly and well known darker varieties include Aeonium arboreum atropurpureum and velour.
A few newer cultivars include the brilliant ‘Mardi Gras’ and the unique Aeonium ‘Big Bang’
Propagation is from seeds, stem cuttings as well as leaf cuttings.
These are excellent foliage plants for growing in containers or in the garden.
Attractive foliage year round, as well as flowers in spring.
Although these are a hardy plant, they will perform a little better with some basic care. If grown outdoors in harsh conditions the foliage may not lookouts best.
Find a sunny sheltered position, Tthey are best in a position where they get good natural airflow, this lowers humidity and prevents fungal diseases.
Use a good quality free draining potting mix.
A large container will be needed eventually as these plants do form stems. Over a few years that can become to top heavy for small containers.
Be careful with watering, although they do not like to be overwater, they do appreciate a little more water than some other Aeoniums.
- Aeonium arboreum – The species with green foliage.
- ‘Big Bang’ – Very Unusual variegated foliage, green and very deep purple. (Rare )
- ‘Mardi Gras’ – A kaleidoscope of green yellow and pink. (Rare )
- ‘Zwartkop’ – Deep burgundy to black foliage.
- Aeonium arboreum ‘Atropurpureum’
A few new and exciting varieties will be announced soon.
Any general purpose liquid fertiliser will do. The time to fertilise is in spring.
- Botanical Name – Aeonium arboreum
- Common Names – Tree Aeonium.
- Position – Brighter filtered light to full sun, foliage colour will vary depending on the amount of light.
- Soil – Well drained normal potting soil.
- Height – Generally to around 1 metre, easily kept shorter
- Spread – Will spread to .5 metres over time.
- Growth Rate – Medium to Fast
- Foliage – Green through to deep red and yellow, some with variegation.
- Flowers – Yellow.
- Flowering Time – Mainly in spring.
- Frost tolerant – No
- Drought tolerant – Yes
Aeonium arboreum are available for sale from the following nurseries
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