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Torch Aloe

Aloe arborescens

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Torch Aloe (Aloe arborescens) at Moana Nursery

Torch Aloe

Torch Aloe

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Torch Aloe (Aloe arborescens) at Moana Nursery

Torch Aloe flowers

Torch Aloe flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  10 feet

Flower Height:  15 feet

Spread:  9 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  8

Other Names:  Krantz Aloe

Description:

A multiple branched variety with a shrubby habit; beautiful rosettes of succulent, toothed, sword shaped leaves; produces erect spikes of tubular orange-coral flowers from fall to winter; an amazing accent or screening plant

Ornamental Features

Torch Aloe features showy spikes of orange tubular flowers with coral-pink overtones rising above the foliage from late fall to late winter. Its attractive succulent sword-like leaves remain bluish-green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Torch Aloe is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spiny

Torch Aloe is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Torch Aloe will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity extending to 15 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 9 feet. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

Torch Aloe is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, this plant may be too tender to survive the winter if left outdoors in a container. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features

Please note: Our Plant Guide is all about plants that will work in the high desert. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a current list of plants in stock on hand at each location or at our farm. We purposely do not sell or ship plants via the internet. Plant questions and availability are best determined in-store.