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Products > Aeonium 'Sunburst'
Aeonium 'Sunburst' - Copper Pinwheel
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: Canary Islands (Atlantic Ocean)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [A. decorum 'Tricolor', A. davidbramwelli cv.]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Aeonium 'Sunburst' (Copper Pinwheel) - This succulent has large rosettes of variegated green and white leaves edged in bright, coppery red that stand up on stalks to 18 inches tall.

Plant in full sun (coastal) to bright shade in a well-drained soil and give occasional to infrequent irrigation. Is not cold hardy much below 28 degrees F. A very showy succulent that brightens ups any location it is planted in.

When we first offered this plant in 2001 we listed it as Aeonium decorum 'Tricolor' but changed this when we noted that the published name by the International Succulent Introduction (ISI) program in 1993 listed this plant as ISI 93-20 Aeonium decorum 'Sunburst'. With this ISI release the Cactus & Succulent Society of America (CSSA) choose to feature a painting it by Royce D. Wood on the cover of its March-April 1993 Journal. In a nomenclatural correction for this plant, the Huntington Botanic Garden announced in April 2002 that this plant is not attributable to Aeonium decorum and that it should be referred to simply as Aeonium 'Sunburst' until its specific affinities can be determined. Some list this as a hybrid of Aeonium davidbramwellii and it is also known under the name Aeonium arboreum 'Luteovariegatum'.

We have noted several variants of this plant from crested material received from Alice Waidhofer including an interesting pale green (nearly white) form with purple-red longitudinal streaks. We have also had a sport that occurred in our nursery that has wide green leaf margins with a greenish-yellow stripe through the center of the leaf. A similar form as this has occurred elsewhere and has been given names such as 'Lemon-Lime' and 'Starburst'. The cultivar 'Sunburst' received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit (AGM) in 2012. 

This information about Aeonium 'Sunburst' displayed on this web page is based on research we have conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations we have made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens visited, as well how our crops have performed in containers in the nursery field. Where appropriate, we will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing this plant.