Botanical Name: Aloe ferox
Common Name: Tree Aloe  
Plant photo of: Aloe ferox
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Water Saving Tip:

Apply a layer of mulch around plants to reduce moisture loss.

Choose organic mulches, such as shredded bark, compost or aged sawdust.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color

Orange, Red


Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Grey Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Mediterranean, Spanish, Tropical


Accenting Features

Silhouette, Specimen, Unusual Shape


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Background, Patio, Raised Planter, With Rocks


Special Uses

Container, Mass Planting


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: George Hull MSN
Photographer: Mountain States Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

Cape aloe forms dense 2-3' clump of muted green leaves borne on tall trunk eventually to 12'. Thick, wide fleshy leaves edged with prominent reddish-brown teeth. Dried leaves persist on plant & offer sunburn protection. Late winter, early spring 3' candelabra spikes intense orange red or even yellow tubular flowers. Full sun-part shade. Suffers in reflected heat in low desert. Distinguished from marlothii, flowers encircle the stem, marlothii are like a toothbrush. South African native.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halway with native soil and water. 5. Finish backfilling hole, build basin and water.