This genus includes some thirty species of evergreen perennials, native to the Canary Islands. Often shrubby and woody-stemmed at the base, found growing mostly in the Canary Islands on hillsides and escarpments. They produce succulent rosettes of waxy leaves, generally at the ends of naked stems, often producing aerial roots.
Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’ is a branching evergreen succulent form that produces fantastic, almost black leaf rosettes at the ends of its branches.
The name ‘Zwartkop’ (syn. ‘Schwarzkopf’), means ‘black head.’ It is a very popular Aeonium and deservedly so, as it has rich purplish-black, narrow, spoon-shaped, polished leaves, much darker than ‘Atropurpureum’. The stronger the sun, the blacker it becomes.
During the cold winter months, they must be stored in a frost free location and watered sparingly if at all; because they are adapted to dry conditions. Like other cacti and succulents, their leaves store water for the plant to use during hot dry periods.
They are wonderful plants bedded out for the summer months also working well in containers with other dessert plants.
Latin name: Aeonium arboreum ‘Zwartkop’
Common Name: Black Tree Aeonium
Ease of growing: Easy, though not hardy
Position: Full sun – very dry and hot, though they do like a good summer rain as well
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