Aloe barberae

Botanical name

Aloe barberae

Other names

Aloe bainesii; boomaalwyn (Afrikaans)




Much-branched trees with prominent trunks, often over 15 m; tallest of the SA aloes

Description of stem

Can be over 2,5 m in diameter, usually with a broad 'foot' at ground level; bark even, grey-brown with a sandpapery roughness

Description of leaves

Dark green, smooth, recurving and longitudinally channelled; can be over a meter long on young plants, shorter on old trees; light-coloured edges with small teeth on the edges (only)

Description of flowers

Comparatively small and inconspicuous panicles of pinkish to orange flowers from May to August

Description of seed/fruit

Large green capsules

Description of roots




Propagation and cultivation

Grows easily from truncheons in different soil types; any stem with a rosette is likely to grow if planted in well-drained soil; the rosette is sometimes removed from a stem to induce the growth of multiple new branches, rosettes sprouting from the surface of the stem; once these are strong they are removed for transplanting


Not very drought or frost resistant


Sought after garden plant; becoming very common in parks and bigger gardens, fast-growing

Ecological rarity

Common, not threatened

Pests and diseases





Forest and coastal bush areas in warm and higher rainfall (above 750 mm p.a.) areas

Distribution (SA provinces)

Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga


South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique