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Products > Aloe vaombe
Aloe vaombe - Malagasy Tree Aloe

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: Madagascar
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Winter
Height: 8-12 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Aloe vaombe (Malagasy Tree Aloe) Beautiful large unbranched succulent to 12 feet tall or more with large solitary rosettes up to 5 feet across of recurved long smooth green leaves that have whitish teeth. These leaves are cupped-shaped in cross section and take on rich red tones in winter. The fiery red flowers are borne in erect branched racemes in mid-winter. Plant in full sun and water occasionally to little once established, though plants grow much faster and more lushly with regular irrigation. Reportedly tolerant of most soil types and varied climates but not cold hardy much below 27 F as evidenced by damage and survival stories reported around the Los Angeles area after the January 2007 cold spell all our plants in the nursery were covered so we don't know if it could have survived exposed to the 25F that we got 3 nights in a row during this period. It is a great centerpiece specimen for the near frost free garden with red foliage and flowers making a stunning combination in January. The flowers attract bees and birds to the garden. This large Aloe comes from Southern Madagascar where it grows in dry thorny scrub on limestone soils. The specific epithet comes from the indigenous name 'vahombre'.  The information on this webpage is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of it as it grows in the nursery in containers, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it growing. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing  Aloe vaombe.