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PlantFiles: Maiden's Quiver Tree
Aloe ramosissima

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: ramosissima (ram-oh-SIS-ee-muh) (Info)

Synonym:Aloe dichotoma var. ramosissima

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

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

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


Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Winter

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
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
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Kell On Feb 10, 2015, Kell from Northern California, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Per Jan Emming owner of the Destination:Forever Ranch and Gardens, a 40 acre desert botanical garden and sustainable living homestead in the Arizona desert with a nursery:

Aloe ramosissima is found only in the Richtersveld region of the Namibian/South African borderlands. It is a shrubby-looking tree aloe, usually under 8 feet tall, but with hundreds of tightly spaced branches forming a mound. The foreground plant is unusually well-developed, and the one on the ridgeline in the background is more typical in appearance.

Positive BayAreaTropics On Sep 21, 2012, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

I can only describe the color as near metallic gold,in a pot in summer and kept dry. VERY slow growing potted..and makes a nice Bonsai tree Aloe. Seems fine with any temp about 30f here. I haven't seen any frost damage-and that's with potted plants. Of the two I have one will go in the ground, the other a Bonsai pot.

Neutral Porphyrostachys On Jul 1, 2006, Porphyrostachys from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

This Aloe loves Arizona so long as it's kept warm! The big evil freeze of January 2007 killed every plant I was aware of in the Phoenix area except for one near ASU. It's a tragedy. Giant old plants are now just skeletons.

Positive RWhiz On Nov 24, 2004, RWhiz from Spring Valley, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Taxonomists are now starting to reclassify this plant as a form of Aloe dichotoma.

I have rooted cuttings from this plant and also A. dichotoma. The problem is they don't start to form roots until the start of the active growth season, which in SoCal begins in September.

Like A. dichotoma, takes quite awhile before it blooms.


Positive palmbob On Dec 23, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Nice, but slow growing tree aloe known for its many branches and smooth, white stems. Other than this low branching habit and usually smaller leaf size, it is virtually identical to Aloe dichotoma, and as RWhiz mentions below, some consider a subspecies of A dichotoma. Flowers are identical. Eventually forms large mounds that make wonderful landscape specimens.This is sometimes a tricky grower and prone to rot. Also one of the hardest to grow from cuttings, though I have seen it done (just no luck myself).

JUst a note: Jan 07 freeze in Los Angeles of 27F for 5 hours killed a 1' tall seedling I had.


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

Apache Junction, Arizona
Gilbert, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Bonsall, California
Bostonia, California
Casa De Oro-mount Helix, California
Fillmore, California
Hayward, California
Los Angeles, California
Mission Viejo, California
Norwalk, California
Reseda, California
San Diego, California
Simi Valley, California
Spring Valley, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Tulare, California
Vista, California

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