Ajuntament de Barcelona

Aeonium arboreum

Mossèn Costa i Llobera Garden

    Catalan name: 
    Pinya groga
    Spanish name: 
    Siempreviva arbórea
    English name: 
    Tree aeonium
    Botanical synonyms: 
    Sempervivum arboreum, Aeonium korneliuslemsii
    Species characteristics
    Family: 
    Crassulaceae
    Origin: 
    Morocco
    Habitat: 
    Cliffs and road sides
    Characteristics: 

    Small shrub up to 90 cm tall, very ramified from the base and with a rosette 15-20 cm long at the end of the stems.

    The rosette leaves are yellowish green, succulent (retain water) and obovate.

    The rosettes support an inflorescence, 15 cm long, with very eye-catching yellow and slightly conical flowers, with twice stamens than petals.

    Flowering time: 
    December-April
    Uses and properties: 

    The Tree Aeonium was used in popular medicine.

    Because its resilience to drought and its flashy colours, it was grown in gardens and pots.

    Some cultivars, such as 'Schwarskopf', stand out because the oddity in the colour of the leaves, almost black.

    History and curiosities: 

    The scientific name of the tree aeonium, Aeonium arboreum, consists of the genus name Aeonium, from the Greek αιώνος, “immortal”, and the Latin term arboreum, “arboreal, from the tree”, in allusion to this plant size, bigger than other species of the same genus.

    For further information: 

    THE ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY. Enciclopedia de plantas y flores. Barcelona: Grijalbo, 1996

    http://www.rhs.org.uk