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Products > Aloe arborescens 'Spineless'
 
Aloe arborescens 'Spineless' - Toothless Torch Aloe
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (Aloes)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Fall/Winter
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 6-8 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Aloe arborescens 'Spineless' (Toothless Torch Aloe) A large densely growing succulent shrub to at least 5 feet tall (the species can get 8 to 9') by an equal spread with branching stems holding many 18 inch wide rosettes of narrow recurved nearly toothless leaves that are dull yellow-green and blushing a orange pink when drought stressed. Coral-red flowers hang tightly on the erect few branched inflorescences that rise 2 feet above the foliage in late fall and early winter. Plant in full sun (coast) to light shade. Like the species, which differs mostly in having toothy leaf margins, this drought tolerant plant does great in coastal California without any supplementary irrigation and is cold hardy to about 22 degrees F. For more information see our listing for the species, Aloe arborescens. This plant should really be called "Toothless" as the projections along the leaf margins of an aloe are typically called teeth and the term spine usually reserved for those projections that arise elsewhere on the leaf, but "Spineless" is the name first used for this cultivar, though we have not been able to determine its actual origin. We first saw this intriguing plant pictured in Jeff Moore's fantastic book Under The Spell of Succulents published in 2014 and knew right away that we must grow it. We already grew the species Aloe arborescens, two yellow forms, Aloe arborescens 'Lutea' and Aloe 'Yellow Torch', as well as the Aloe arborescens hybrid with Aloe ferox that is called Aloe x salm-dyckiana (AKA Aloe princeps) so knew this species grows very well in California gardens. Luckily we were able to obtain 'Spineless' in 2015 from the Institute of Aloe Studies (ISA) as ISA 15-003c. Image on this page courtesy of Jeff Moore and 2nd image from John Miller of the Institute of Aloe Studies.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will 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 Aloe arborescens 'Spineless'.
 
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