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.
Information about Aeonium 'Sunburst' displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.