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A sunning architectural tree that can grow to 15 metre but typically smaller (5 metres) in cultivation.
An ideal specimen tree for the garden with a branching stem topped with long, curved fleshy leaves. Produces tubular flowers on terminal stems that can vary in colour from a rose-pink shade to orange or red.
Aloe barberae can also be grown in containers for many years making it an ideal low maintenance plant for smaller gardens or patio.
Adaptable to most climates, prefers a well-drained sandy soil.
Occurs naturally in South Africa northwards to Mozambique.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-24°C
General note: Seeds of many plants are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.