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Aloe sabaea - Yemen Tree Aloe

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: Yemen (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Yellow/Chartreuse Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Orange Red
Bloomtime: Winter
Synonyms: [Aloe gillilandii]
Height: 8-12 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Aloe sabaea (Yemen Tree Aloe) - A small tree aloe that has a curving unbranched trunk to 12 feet tall topped with a side-facing rosette of long pale to pale green leaves that drape down and bend gracefully. In mid-winter appear the orange flowers on a tall upright inflorescence in an open conical raceme. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Protect from temperatures below 27 F. This unusual plant comes from remote areas of Yemen and southern Saudi Arabia where it grows at an intermediate elevation in stony barren soils. The specific epithet 'sabaea' comes from the Roman name for Arabia Felix, the area we now call Yeman and was also called Sheba in the King James version of the bible. This plant was described and named by Georg Agustus Schweinfurth in 1894. Schweinfurth was a German botanist and ethnologist who travelled throughout East Central Africa and the Saudi Arabian peninsula. Our plants from seed collected in the Santa Barbara garden of Jeff Chemnick. 

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