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Aeonium Species, Thickleaf Aeonium, Fisiulera

Aeonium arboreum

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aeonium (ee-OH-nee-um) (Info)
Species: arboreum (ar-BOR-ee-um) (Info)
Synonym:Aeonium doremae
Synonym:Aeonium manriqueorum
Synonym:Sempervivum arboreum
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Winter


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

This plant is monocarpic

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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

August, California

Clayton, California

Concord, California

Fairfield, California

Greenbrae, California

Long Beach, California

Manhattan Beach, California

Oak View, California

Pleasant Hill, California

Reseda, California

San Jose, California

Portland, Oregon

Puyallup, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 20, 2011, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Good and commonly available plant for mediterranean climates... likes water year round, but is mostly a winter grower so very dependent (outdoors) on rainwater. These hate high temps so you have to protect them from them. Where I live in So California these survive temps over 120F but those are freak and infrequent occurences... Still, even at 100F these look bad, but are 'designed' to deal with that heat by crinkling up and waiting patiently for winter to come round again.

For more an Aeonium care, check out the article I wrote for Davesgarden:


On Jan 18, 2011, a_griebel from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

I have tried growing this twice outdoors in Phoenix, AZ, but both times the plants died in mid summer when temps were around 115 for long periods. Does anyone have experience growing these in a very hot desert climate? I'm wondering if I am doing something wrong.


On Mar 29, 2008, Neuling from Carrollton, TX wrote:

I bought this plant from Wal-Mart in early spring. I found it out in the cold in a dark corner of the greenhouse. It was so tiny, I thought it might've been some sort of hens and chicks.

I took it home and put it infront of the window. After a while, it shot up and sprung to life. At the moment I'd have to say that it is at least 4 times its original size. They do grow fairly quick.

This plant has been fun to grow, but I haven't been able to propogate it successfully. Hopefully propogation will be easier as it gets bigger.


On Oct 16, 2003, wnstarr from Puyallup, WA (Zone 5a) wrote:

If you live in a frost free area this will grow outside in the ground. In Washington state I treat it as a deck plant in the summer and set in the greenhouse in the winter. It loves the sun, very easy to grow. Mature plants branch and the old leaves drop down covering the stem unless removed. It is easy to propagate by cuttings, allow to callus before potting up. It can be solid green, or variegated green and white, or a solid purple one. Easy care interesting plant.


On Feb 3, 2003, albleroy from Wavre/ greenhous +/- 2500 species, IA wrote:

This plant has to be cultivated on a window sill!!
Is very sensitive to overwatering (rain) and needs a lot of sunshine to have the marvelous red/brown rosettes.
Multiplication is only possible by cuttings which are always available in summertime.
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On Jan 22, 2003, garthrichards wrote:

In Australia, thrives outdoors all year.