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Aloidendron barberae

Family: Asphodelaceae (Aloe family)

Common names: Tree Aloe (E); inKalane enkulu (Z); Boomaalwyn (A);

Native to: Southern Africa
Succulent, Tree
A wonderful sculptural plant for an entrance or succulent-themed garden

Aloidendron barberae

EVERGREEN

FULL SUN

FROST HARDY

LOW WATER REQUIREMENTS

MEDIUM GROWER

ATTRACTS BIRDS

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

12m x 8m
FLOWERING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Aloidendron barberae

DESCRIPTION

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.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION
Naturally a forest plant found in dense coastal forests.
WILDLIFE & 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.
WATER REQUIREMENTS
Water moderately.
MAINTENANCE
Low maintenance. Remove dry foliage and spent flower stalks to keep the plant neat.
LANDSCAPING USES
A distinctive tree to add a focal point in a rockery.
GARDEN THEMES
Bushveld, Country, Formal, Grassland, Succulent
FLOWERS
FOLIAGE
BARK
PESTS & DISEASES
May occasionally have scale and should be treated accordingly.

6 Responses

  1. Hi spike

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    Yes, this aloe grows successfully from cuttings.

    Allow the cut branches to dry for 4-5 days before planting in soil.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  2. I have one next to my house, it’s damaging walls and roof structures. I unfortunately will need to remove it. Can I cut the top 1 or so meters off and plant them elsewhere like a uka?

  3. Hi Ane

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    This is a first for me, so I can’t offer advice, but perhaps another visitor will read this and be able to assist.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  4. My tree is already pretty tall and 2 m from my front door towering above – thing is it has 3 stems and I would like it to shoot a couple more so if I need to crop it it would still have other stems. I purchased hard wood hormone and slightly slit trunk in a couple of places and placed this powder inside – its now 3 months and nothing has happened? Does anyone have any ideas? It has lovely blooms in season

    Kindest regards
    Ane

  5. Hi Joy

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook and welcome to the industry.

    You’re quite right. It is very often planted far too close to walls and is highly likely to cause some damage when mature.

    I would never plant it in a small garden but could possibly use another smaller single-stem aloe for a similar effect.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  6. Hi Glenice.

    I’m new to the industry and I was just wondering:
    Is it safe to put this aloe next to a wall? or in a small garden.
    I see them in a lot of office parks right next to walls and in groups of 3 or 4.
    If it grows to 12 m x 8m will it not ovherwhelm the space?

    Thanks a mill.

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