Tree Aeonium Plant Info

Tree aeonium is a fascinating succulent that belongs to the Crassulaceae family. It’s native to the Canary Islands and Africa, where it grows in subtropical climates with warm winters and dry summers. It has glossy, waxy leaves that form red, yellow, green, or variegated rosettes at the end of thick, woody stems. Tree aeonium produces star-shaped flowers in clusters that are usually pink or yellow.

Aeonium arboreum
Irish rose
Housetree leek
Desert pinwheel rose
Tree houseleek
Aeonium arboreum ‘Atropurpureum’
Aeonium arboreum ‘Zwartkop’
Aeonium arboreum ‘Variegatum’
Aeonium arboreum ‘Luteovariegatum’
Aeonium arboreum ‘Sunburst’
Pink or yellow blooms

Water

Tree aeonium needs regular watering during its active growing season. Keep the soil moist but not soggy or waterlogged.

Sunlight

The plant is fond of the sun (at least 6 hours a day), but it may need some shade during the hottest hours of the day in summer.

Soil

Cultivate it in sandy or loamy soil that has excellent drainage. The growing medium should be slightly acidic to neutral in pH. If the soil is too heavy or clayey, you can amend it with perlite, pumice, or coarse sand to improve drainage and aeration.

Fertilizer

The plant does benefit from a balanced (liquid or granular) fertilizer applied once or twice a year, in spring and fall.

Pruning

You can prune the plant to keep it compact and bushy and also remove dead or damaged stems and leaves. Pruning can be done anytime, but it's best to avoid pruning during flowering or dormancy.

Propagation

Propagating by stem cuttings is the easiest and fastest way to multiply the plant. Simply cut a stem with a rosette at the end, let it dry for a few days, and then plant it in moist soil. Leaf cuttings are similar, but they take longer to root and grow.

You can also sow the seeds in spring or fall, but they have a low germination rate and may not produce true-to-type plants.

Thrives in

Mainly outdoor, but it can also grow well in containers on decks or patios, as long as it gets enough light and water

Toxicity

Not toxic to humans or pets

Pests & Diseases

Mealybugs
Aphids
Scale insects
Root rot
Powdery mildew

Landscaping Ideas

Rock gardens
Containers
Borders
Mass planting
Mixed planting

Last Updated: August 21, 2023

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