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Aloe 'Hercules' - Hercules Aloe
  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (Aloes)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Salmon
Bloomtime: Spring/Fall
Parentage: (Aloe barberae x A. dichotoma)
Height: 25-40 feet
Width: 15-20 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Drought Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Aloe 'Hercules' (Hercules Aloe) A large hybrid tree aloe that is the result of a cross between the large Tree Aloe, Aloe barberae (A. bainesii) and the smaller Quiver Tree, Aloe dichotoma. The plant exhibits hybrid vigor, growing faster than Aloe barberae with a heavier trunk, thicker branches and peeling bark more typical of Aloe dichotoma but with broad triangular dark green leaves. Relatively young large specimens can be seen in southern California and it seems likely that they will grow to 30 to 40 feet. We have yet to see this plant flower but Kevin Coniff sent us pictures showing beautiful green-tipped salmon flowers that he notes can appear sporadically from spring to fall. Plant in full sun and water occasionally to infrequently. Hardiness reports are that it is hardier than either parent and can tolerate temperatures down to at least 20 F though unverified reports are that it has been hardy only to 23F. It is sometimes confused with but quite different from the yellow-orange flowering form of Aloe barberae that comes from Mozambique and is often referred to as the Medusa form of Aloe barberae and now described as Aloe tongaenesis. This naturally occurring plant from Mozambique has smaller narrower pale green leaves and much thinner stems. Another plant that is somewhat similar is the hybrid between Aloe barberae and Aloe vaombe called Aloe 'Goliath', which has longer broader and brighter green leaves and has rosettes so heavy they are prone to break the stems. In South Africa there is a plant called Aloe 'Rex' with apparently the same parentage as 'Hercules' that was hybridized by Jaap Viljoen of Swellendam, South Africa. From pictures we have seen of this plant it looks quite similar but has yellow flowers. In an interesting twist of nomenclature a recent article in the Journal >i>Phytotaxa 76 (1): 714 (2013), titled "A revised generic classification for Aloe (Xanthorrhoeaceae subfam. Asphodeloideae)" proposes that the tree aloes (Aloe barberae, A. dichotoma, A. eminens, A. pillansii, A. ramosissima and A. tongaensis) be taken out of the genus aloe and given the name Aloidendron. Since both parents of this hybrid are in this group this plant too would become a cultivar of the genus Aloidendron. Other major name changes proposed in this article include the scrambling aloes (A. ciliaris, A. commixta, A. gracilis, A. juddii, A. striatula and A. tenuior) being put in the genus Aloiampelos and the Aloe plicatilis, the popular Fan Aloe, to be renamed Kumara disticha, a name that was used to described it by the German botanist Friedrich Kasimir Medikus in 1786. Our plants originally are from tissue cultured plants produced by Rancho Soledad Nursery.  This description is based on our research and our observations of this plant growing in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We always appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or have additional cultural tips that would aid others growing Aloe 'Hercules' .
 
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