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Aeoniums

Tree Houseleek (Aeonium)


Mostly native to the Canary Islands off the west coast of North Africa, Aeoniums are fascinating evergreen succulents with charming rosettes of fleshy, pinwheel leaves. Belonging to the Crassulaceae family, Aeonium is a genus of about 35 species of succulent, subtropical plants. They are available in a wide range of shapes, sizes and colors. Their foliage color varies with the sun exposure, the seasons and the climate.

  • Some Aeonium species are shrub-forming, growing up to 5 ft. tall (150 cm) and producing rosettes at the tips of their ever-lengthening stems, while other species always remain compact or ground-hugging.
  • As the plants grow new leaves, older leaves eventually die and fall off, exposing the stem supporting the rosette. If you do not like the look of the denuded stem, simply snap off the rosette below its lowest leaves, with 1-2 in. of stem (2-5 cm), and replant it as cuttings. You may discard the denuded stem. This will keep the plant smaller and also delay blooming.

Guide Information

Hardiness 9 - 11
Heat Zones 4 - 9
Climate Zones 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents
Plant Family Aeonium
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Salt
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 9 - 11
Heat Zones 4 - 9
Climate Zones 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents
Plant Family Aeonium
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Salt
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden
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