Noble Aloe, Zimbabwe Aloe
Aloe excelsa

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: excelsa (ek-SEL-suh) (Info)

Category:

Cactus and Succulents

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 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:

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Red

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Orange

Bright Yellow

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Winter

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Succulent

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

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

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Chandler, Arizona

Chandler Heights, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Los Angeles, California

Martinez, California

Mission Viejo, California

Reseda, California

Spring Valley, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Vista, California

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Dec 10, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one of the larger non-branching tree aloes... makes a nice, tall tree eventually with long, arching green leaves. Most adult plants have smooth leaves, but some maintain the leaf spines typical of immature plants. Some well treated plants can have quite large, healthy leaves, though. Color of flowers variable - usually reddish, but can be orange, yellow and even white. Flowers are typically flatted downward on racemes and at slight angles, making them distingishable from Aloe ferox flowers which intially look very similar (plant does, too). Aloe ferox racemes are usually much longer and perfectly erect, without a slight slant or without the markedly flattened flowers. Aloe excelsa flowers usually bloom in late winter and are always spectacular.

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