Mozambique Tree Aloe (Aloidendron tongaense) in the Aloes Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Aloidendron tongaense Accepted
Aloe tongaensis Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Plant Height: Up to 10 feet or more
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late fall or early winter
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Flowering Tree
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Hummingbirds
Propagation: Seeds: Can handle transplanting
Other info: Sow seeds in sandy soil. Seeds germinate in a few weeks at temperatures between 68 and 75 degrees F. Seedlings need moist but well-drained soil.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Offsets
Other: Stems cut below a node root easily. Cut a stem that has gotten leggy, let it dry out for at least a few hours to form a seal on the cut surface. Place the cutting in rooting medium kept moist, but not wet, until roots form.
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

Puberty (3yo)

Comments:
Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Dec 24, 2019 3:24 PM

Large multibranched tree aloe from a summer rainfall area in southeastern Africa. Described in 2010. Formerly known as a coastal form of A. barberae. Found in southern Mozambique and far northeastern South Africa. This species can be distinguished from the Somalian A. eminens based on having fewer branches and a shorter inflorescence with short capitate racemes and long, curved yellow-orange flowers. It can be distinguished from A. barberae (also South Africa and Mozambique) based on the height of the raceme and the shape, size and color of the flowers.

This aloe was moved along with the other two species and a few other tree aloes from Aloe to Aloidendron with a 2013 reorganization of the genus.

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