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Aloe barberae (Aloe bainesii) 'Medusa'

Aloe tongaensis 'Medusa'
Aloe barberae (Aloe bainesii) 'Medusa'

Aloe tongaensis 'Medusa'<br>Aloe barberae (Aloe bainesii) 'Medusa'

Aloe tongaensis 'Medusa' - (Mozambique Tree Aloe) is a medium-to-large sized tree aloe, growing to 9-12+ feet tall with heavily branching stems and thin 1½ inch long pale green recurved leaves. It flowers in early winter with the flower stem rising 1 to 2 feet before branching with each upright branch bearing compact rounded clusters of pale orange buds opening to a pale salmon or yellow color. It grows well in part-to-full sun in well-drained soil. Aloe tongaensis 'Medusa' benefits from ample water and fertilizer in warm months to speed growth, and it is also drought-resistant. It is hardy to around 22°F.

Aloe tongaensis 'Medusa' was long considered to be the Mozambique form of the tree aloe, Aloe barberae (Aloe bainesii) that grows in subtropical southern Africa, from the Eastern Cape of South Africa north through Mozambique and East Africa. Grower Kevin Coniff named the plant Aloe barberae (Aloe bainesii) ‘Medusa” in the 1980's. He noticed that these plants grew quite differently from typical Aloe barberae, branching and flowering at a younger age and producing pale orange-yellow flowers, instead of pink flowers. In 1994 John Lavranos identified these plants as the Mozambique form of Aloe barberae and noted that the seed for Coniff’s original plants was collected along the Mozambique coast near its capital Maputo. The new species, Aloe tongaensis, was officially described 2011.






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Aloe tongaensis 'Medusa'
Aloe barberae (Aloe bainesii) 'Medusa'