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Products > Aloe 'Yellow Torch'
Aloe 'Yellow Torch' - Yellow Torch Aloe
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Fall/Winter
Synonyms: [Aloe arborescens 'Lutea' #1]
Height: 6-8 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Aloe 'Yellow Torch' (Yellow Torch Aloe) - A shrubby succulent with upright gray-green leaves and torch-like clusters of yellow flowers in late fall through late winter. Full sun along the coast to light shade inland. Drought tolerant. Grows to about 6' x 8'. Presumed to be an Aloe arborescens hybrid, it has similar foliage but leaves are shorter and less recurved. This plant was given to us unnamed by a Santa Barbara gardener. Should be as hardy as other cultivars of A. arborescen which tolerate down to 22 F - we have not had any damage on this plant in temperatures as low as 26 F. Brian Kemble, Aloe expert and curator of plants at the Ruth Bancroft garden commented that he believed that this was a yellow variant of Aloe arborescens and not a hybrid. It also looks identical to a plant photographed by Duke Benadom that is identified as Aloe mutabilis in "Aloes: The Definitive Guide" by Susan Carter, John Lavranos, Len Newton and Colin Walker (Kew Publishing, 2011).  The information that is presented on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations we have made of it in the nursery's garden and in other gardens we have visited, as well how it performs in our nursery crops out in the field. We incorporate comments that we receive from others as well and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they know of cultural information that would aid others in growing  Aloe 'Yellow Torch'.