French Aloe
Aloe pluridens

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: pluridens (PLUR-ih-denz) (Info)
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Category:

Cactus and Succulents

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Red

Orange

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Winter

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Succulent

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

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:

Fresno, California

Los Angeles, California

Mission Viejo, California

Reseda, California

Spring Valley, California

Vista, California

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Sep 8, 2008, baiissatva from Dunedin
New Zealand wrote:

One of my favourite tree aloes. Its important to remember that this plant enjoys shelter- it is not a creature of the open plains and barren hillside like many others tree aloes- it is native to bushy areas where it gets some shade and cold protection.
Here in coastal Otago, New Zealand, roughly zone 9, I would not expose it to below 0C temps without a frost cloth or shelter from another tree, at least while small. It would survive, but the ornate leaves would certainly suffer damage. Mine are small and still potted and are enjoying our non-xeriscape conditions, putting on a lot of growth with the abundant moisture.

They are oddly charming with their prehistoric looks and affinity with other, non-succulent plants- they are one of the easier aloes to fit into a ge... read more

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On Feb 3, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Very attracitve tree aloe, sometimes solitary, but usually branching... great salmon-colored flowers in winter, though. Flowers are usually branched and grow about 2' above the head of the plant. This plant seems to hold a much larger number of leaves than most other tree aloes, though the leaves are thinner (up to 2' long). Easy to grow from cuttings I found. So far this is uncommon in botanical gardens in the non-hybrid form. First picture I loaded above is a hybrid it turns out. The 'pure' plant is known for its recurved leaves (curving elegant downward- not up as in that first photo I added). Solitary plants somewhat resemble small palms since they have similar sillohuettes, and carry so many leaves and have thin, tall stems that do not hold the old leaves (bare). Leaves have ... read more