Aeonium canariense: How to Grow and Care for Giant Velvet Rose, Tree Aeonium

Aeonium canariense Giant Velvet Rose, Tree Aeonium

Scientific name: Aeonium canariense

Common name: Giant Velvet Rose, Tree Aeonium

This large shrub-like Succulent has bright green rosettes that turn red in the sun. This plant is monocarpic, meaning it will die after it flowers. Look for yellow star-shaped flowers when it does bloom.

Quick Look at Aeonium canariense

  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Typical water needs for a succulent. Do not water when dormant.
  • Plant grows up to 12″ (30.5 cm) tall
    Plant grows up to 8″ (20 cm) wide
  • Zone 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6.7° C)
  • Not cold hardy
  • Propagation by cuttings, offsets, seeds
  • Generally non-toxic to people and pets
  • Summer dormant

General Care for Aeonium canariense “Giant Velvet Rose”

Aeonium canariense is well suited for growing outdoors in sunny garden beds. As it grows, it becomes a shrub. Its flowers attract birds.


Aeonium canariense “Giant Velvet Rose” has typical watering needs. The “soak and dry” method will allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Don’t water in the summer when it is not active.

Where to Plant

If you live in a zone that gets colder than 20 F, it’s best to plant the Giant Velvet Rose in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in both full and partial sun.

There is an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day.

How to Propagate Aeonium canariense “Giant Velvet Rose”

Stems, offsets, and seeds can be used to grow Aeonium canariense.


Use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors to growGiant Velvet Rose. Allow the main plant’s stem to callous for several days before placing it on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out.


There will be small offsets around the base of the plant. Pull these up and allow the offsets to dry for a day or two.


When growing Aeonium canariense from seed, be sure to use a grow light and a seed warmer. Water the seeds whenever the soil is dry. Germination can take a long time depending on your environment.


  1. Aeonium canariense (Giant Velvet Rose, Tree Aeonium) – Wikipedia

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