The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Tree Aloe

Afrikaans name: Boomalwyn

Aloe barbarae in iMfolozi Game Reserve

Tree Aloe

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Aloe barberae

The Tree Aloe, as its name suggests, grows much bigger than other aloes. At a height of between 10 and 18 metres it is classified as a tree.

In South Africa it is found from the Eastern Cape, through KwaZulu-Natal to Mpumalanga. It is easily grown and is commonly seen in gardens in suitable areas.

Besides its height it is readily recognisable as an aloe. It flowers during winter. The flowers are deep pink to orange in colour.

References and further reading

The Complete Field Guide to Trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei - Author: Elsa Pooley - Published: 1994 - Page: 54

What Tree is That? - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1967 - Page: 29

Succulent Flora of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Doreen Court - Published: 2010 - Page: 237

Sasol First Field Guide to Aloes of Southern Africa - Author: Gideon Smith - Published: 2003 - Page: 15

Piet van Wyks Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - 1st edition - Author: Piet van Wyk - Published: 1988 - Page: 22

Indigenous Garden Plants of Southern Africa - Author: Glenice Ebedes - Published: 2017 - Page: 13

Guide to the Aloes of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: Ben-Erik van Wyk and Gideon F. Smith - Published: 2014 - Page: 38

Guide to the Aloes of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: Ben-Erik van Wyk and Gideon F. Smith - Published: 2014 - Page: 142

Guide to Succulents of Southern Africa - Author: Gideon Smith & Neil Crouch - Published: 2009 - Page: 29

Field guide to Succulents of Southern Africa - Author: Gideon Smith & Neil Crouch - Published: 2017 - Page: 157

Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - 5th edition - Author: Piet van Wyk - Published: 2008 - Page: 22

Everyones Guide to Trees of South Africa - Author: Keith, Paul and Meg Coates Palgrave - Published: 1989 - Page: 18

Adventure Trails in Kirstenbosch - Author: Daphne Mackie - Published: 2012 - Page: 36

Aloes in Southern Africa - Author: Braam van Wyk, Gideon F. Smith - Published: 2008 - Page: 74

Adventure Trails in Kirstenbosch - Author: Daphne Mackie - Published: 2012 - Page: 35

A Field Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa - Author: E. Palmer - Published: 1983 - Page: 77

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