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Aeonium 'Jack Catlin' - Red Aeonium

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: Canary Islands (Atlantic Ocean)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Synonyms: [A. 'Zwartkin #2']
Parentage: (Aeonium tabuliforme x A. arboreum 'Zwartkop')
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Aeonium 'Jack Catlin' (HBG 73035/ISI 2009-10) - This beautiful succulent forms low clumps to about 18 inches tall with 6 to 8 inch wide rosettes of leaves that are green towards the middle and a reddish toward the tips of the slightly cupped leaf tips. This red color turns a rich red color after new growth hardens off in the late spring and holds this color until active growth in the winter. Plant in full sun to light shade in a well-drained soil and give occasional to regular irrigation. Though not documented, this plant is growing in gardens that get light frosts and we speculate that it will tolerate short duration temperatures down to around 25F without damage. This cultivar was named in 2010 by the Huntington Botanic Garden and distributed through the International Succulent Institute (ISI). The name honors the late John (Jack) Catlin who died in 2008 at the age of 89. Jack was a noted horticulturist and volunteer at the Huntington and was particularly known for his many hybrids of Abutilon and also for Aeonium, including the large Aeonium undulatum and A. arboreum 'Zwartkop' crosses that were named 'Cyclops' and 'Voodoo' and the Aeonium canariense and A. arboreum 'Zwartkop' crosses that were named 'Blushing Beauty', 'Plum Purdy' and 'Velour'. Jack also crossed Aeonium tabuliforme with A. arboreum 'Zwartkop' in an effort to produce a dark colored plant with flattened rosettes. His efforts yielded 3 selections including one that closely achieved his objectives, which he named A. 'Zwartkin' (ISI 1731) though it was mispelled 'Zwartkind' on the original ISI listing and 'Zwartkint' in the ISI Directory. In the end 'Zwartkin' proved to be a weak plant and did not persist in the planting at the Huntington succulent garden. One of the other clones was a green plant that was unexciting but a third plant that was designated as clone 'Zwartkin #2', though not meeting the goals of the hybridizer, proved to be a great and attractive garden plant and is the one that now bears the name of its creator. Aeonium 'Jack Catlin' is very vigorous with rich reddish-colored rosettes that are broader than those of A. arboreum 'Zwartkop' and more cup shaped than A. tabuliforme. We first saw this incredible plant while attending the Huntington Botanic Garden's Succulent Symposium in September 2010. It was growing beautifully in mass plantings in several locations in the succulent garden, where it was labeled "Aeonium tabuliforme x Aeonium arboreum 'Zwartkop' #2 J. Catlin Hybrid". Fortunately plants were offered for sale during the symposium and we were able to purchase our original stock plants at that time. More information and pictures can be found on the Huntington's ISI Page  The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in the nursery, in the nursery's garden, and in other gardens where it has been observed. We also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing  Aeonium 'Jack Catlin'.