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PlantFiles: Tree Aloe
Aloe suzannae

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Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: suzannae (soo-SAN-ay-ee) (Info)

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Category:
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
White/Near White
Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:
Mid Winter

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen
Blue-Green
Bronze-Green
Succulent

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
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1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive thistlesifter On Aug 22, 2006, thistlesifter from Vista, CA wrote:

I have grown A. susanne for 18 years. During that time one plant has flowered twice in late winter or early spring. Both years it flowered following very wet winters for S. Calif. 30+ inches. this plant is over 40 years old. I have no idea how much older than that it might be. I acquired the plant from the late Dave Grigsby who flowered it several times at his Vista nursery, he had owned the plant for 20+ years.

The largest of the 2 plants we have has branched at the base. '

It is a very versatile plant, but should not be watered much in our summer and should have very good drainage.

bob
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Negative Candaceann On Dec 21, 2005, Candaceann from Chandler, AZ wrote:

Looked great for a few years. Heavy winter rain or overwatering does severe damage to it and spikes fall off. Not sure it plant will recover fully.

Positive palmbob On Sep 26, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one of the larger Aloes that are user-friendly (nothing sharp or dangerous). It is a relatively rare species that has recently become much more available in cultivation. This species is a native to Madagascar and was thought too delicate for Southern California winters. However, that is not the case and it even grew well for me. It eventually develops a stem and becomes a tree aloe, though there aren't too many stemmed examples in So Cal (slow grower). Very old plants in Madagascar eventually branch as well and I have seen photos of plants with a huge massive set of branches and reaching up to about 15' or more. Seriously doubt that sight will be one seen here in So Cal for many many years.

Flowering is a rare event in this species with only maturing plants flowering, and that is infrequent (every 3-15 years is seems). Flower racemes are immense poles sometimes 5' tall and covered with many hundreds of cream colored flowers.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Apache Junction, Arizona
Chandler, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Tempe, Arizona
Glen Avon, California
Spring Valley, California
Thousand Oaks, California (2 reports)
Vista, California



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