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Black Tree Aeonium    

Aeonium arboreum var. atropurpureum

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Black Tree Aeonium is part of the Aeonium genus. Its scientific name is Aeonium arboreum var. atropurpureum. The botanical name epithet for Black Tree Aeonium (arboreum) means 'tree-like'.

Aeonium are evergreen succulents, with a shrubby growth habit, fleshy leaves in terminal rosettes on the shoots, and racemes or panicles of small, star-shaped flowers with numerous narrow petals2.

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Canary yellow. Leaves appear approximately as a   Smoky black and   Tyrian purple

It is a flowering succulent / ornamental that typically grows as an evergreen, which is defined as a plant that retains leaves throughout the year.

Normally reaching to a mature height of 3.74 feet (1.15 metres).

Popular varieties of Black Tree Aeonium with home gardeners are Schwarzkopf.

Spain is believed to be where Black Tree Aeonium originates from.

Black Tree Aeonium is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Black Tree Aeonium have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Black Tree Aeonium

  • Full Sun

    OR
  • Partial Sun

  • Low

Requires very little watering – once a fortnight in summer, once every 2 months in winter1. The darker Aeoniums prefer full sun1. Protect from cold temperatures (under 10dC) by overwintering indoors1. It likes full sun, but needs to be in a sheltered position2. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser 2 or 3 times in the growing season2.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Use Zone 9 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Black Tree Aeonium needs a sandy and loamy soil with a ph of 6.1 to 6.5 (weakly acidic soil). Keep in mind when planting that Black Tree Aeonium is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

See our list of companion Plants for Black Tree Aeonium to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Black Tree Aeonium from seed

Transplanting Black Tree Aeonium

Propagate by seed sown at 19-24dC in spring or by cuttings of rosettes kept at 18dC and barely moist until rooted2.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Black Tree Aeonium is a tender plant.

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Other names for Black Tree Aeonium

Schwartzkopf, Schwartz Kopf, Zwartkop, Black Tree Houseleek, Black Irish Rose, Purple Crest Aeonium

Sempervivum arboreum, Aeonium manriqueorum, Aeonium arboreum var. atropurpureum f. nigrum, Aeonium arboreum var. atropurpureum f. cristata

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