Aloidendron barberae

A wonderful sculptural plant for an entrance or succulent-themed garden
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AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 12m x 8m
FLOWERING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D
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A large distinctive branches tree with a rough, greyish-brown bark.  It bears a rounded crown of long, dark-green succulent leaves that are armed with small, firm, whitish teeth.

It bears showy spikes of tubular red to orange flowers which are rich in nectar and attract birds.

The tree’s height and spiky barrier makes it a favoured nesting tree for birds such as sparrows.

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
Attracts nectar-feeding birds and pollinating insects. The large leaves are often used to hold a nest with the spikey barrier forming protection from predators.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Naturally a forest plant found in dense coastal forests.

MAINTENANCE:
Low maintenance. Remove dry foliage and spent flower stalks to keep the plant neat.

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Water moderately.

GARDEN THEMES:
Bushveld, country, formal, grassland, succulent

LANDSCAPING USES:
A distinctive tree to add a focal point in a rockery.
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