Scientific name: Aloe plicatilis
Common name: Fan Aloe
The tree has a gray trunk that supports many of the branches. There are clusters of fan-shaped blue-green leaves growing on each branch. The leaves grow upwards. As the old leaves die, they fall off the branches exposing more of the trunk. There are red flowers in the Spring.
Quick Look at Aloe plicatilis
- Full sun
- Typical water needs for a succulent
- Plant grows up to 8′ (2.4 m) tall
Plant grows up to 6′ (1.8 m) wide
- Zone 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6.7° C)
- Not cold hardy
- Propagation by stem cuttings and seeds
- Not generally toxic
- Summer Dormant
General Care for Aloe plicatilis “Fan Aloe”
The Aloe tree is deer resistant and has flowers that attract hummingbirds. The nameplicatilis means “foldable” and refers to the fan-shaped leaves of this succulent. The trunk of FanAloe is fire resistant, making it a great addition to the xeriscaped gardens.
The watering needs for a Succulent is typical. The “soak and dry” method will allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Don’t drink water in the Summer.
Where to Plant
If you live in a zone that gets colder than 20 F, it’s best to grow this plant in a container that can be brought indoors and placed under a grow light in the winter. There is an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day.
Kumara plicatilis is synonymous with Aloe plicatilis. A proposal has been made to change the classification of “Fan Aloe” to a member of the Kumara genus. It has also been suggested that it be added to the tree.
How to Propagate Aloe plicatilis “Fan Aloe”
Stems and seeds can be used to propagation, although you may experience the best success with seeds.
Use a sterile, sharp knife or garden shears to grow Fan Aloe. Allow the stem or branch to be calloused for several days before placing it in the well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out.
It’s not a good idea to grow the fruit from the seeds as it’s a slow grower. You can place your seeds in a well-draining soil. If you live in a zone above 9a, you can grow the seeds outdoors. If you live in a cooler area, you can sow indoors under a grow light or on a seed mat.