New in the Nursery: Giant Aeonium


During a recent visit to the nursery at Styer's, a cluster of show-stopping succulents caught our eye. These giant black Aeonium, also known as Aeonium arboreum 'Zwartkop,' can grow stems up to 4 feet tall. They take part of their name-- arboreum-- from their resemblance to tiny trees. Each stem is topped with a dramatic rosette of burgundy-black foliage, which will produce a burst of star-shaped, yellow flowers from its center each summer.

Native to the Canary Islands, Aeoniums flourish in a Mediterranean climate; they are tolerant to drought and prefer a sunny environment. Direct sun helps to maintain deep color in the foliage. Ideal for seaside growth and resistant to deer, they should be overwintered indoors to avoid frost damage. Most Aeoniums can withstand only moderate heat, and will become somewhat dormant during the summer months. We're planning to plant a striking 'Black Rose' at the center of a succulent container garden, pairing it with contrasting specimens in shades of silver and blue-green. 

Throughout the year, our plant team highlights their freshest additions to the garden with New in the Nursery. Check in at your local store to take home these newly-arrived plants.

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