Aeonium arboreum ‘Zwartkop’

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Basic Info


Aeonium arboreum ‘Zwartkop’ is both a tall and dark red succulent that sometimes changes colour into black when exposed to full sun. The branches of the succulent allow Zwartkop to become bushy; the plant needs space to grow properly.

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Aeonium



Care and Propagation Information



Aeonium Arboreum ‘Zwartkop‘  has the same water requirement as most other succulent plants, don’t over water the plant. Best would be to thoroughly soak the plant then let it dry out completely before watering the plant again. 

From March throughout September it is advisable to water the plant once a week. 


Quick Facts:

  • Prefers being placed in sunlight

  • Not a good indoor plant

  • Needs slightly more watering than other succulents

  • Can grow to be 1.2 m (4 feet) tall

  • Rosettes can become 20 cm (8 inches) wide

  • Zone 9a (Minimum -7° C (20° F)
    Bad in cold

  • Propagation through cuttings

  • Not known to be toxic to animals or humans


General Care for Aeonium Arboreum ‘Zwartkop’

Aeonium Arboreum ‘Zwartkop’ can not live after it blossoms, so the plant is not ideal for people who want to keep their plants for years. Although, it is easy to replace Aeonium Arboreum ‘Zwartkop’ with new once but propagation. The plant is most easily propagated by cuttings, doing so will allow you to keep the plant for years. Aeonium Arboreum ‘Zwartkop’  should be grown in a container, making it easier to move from indoors during winter months to outdoors during summer. It can also be developed to be a houseplant. Always use well-drained soil when growing the Aeonium Arboreum ‘Zwartkop’, don’t let the plant get waterlogged.

Where to Plant

Aeonium Arboreum ‘Zwartkop’ does endure the cold weather well, so if you live in a city where the nights are colder than -1° C (30° F), move it indoors. The succulent should ideally be grown in a container so that it can easily be transported in and out of the house. Grows best in much sunlight. The plant is especially impressive under bright sunlight.

Ideally, you will want to plant Aeonium Arboreum ‘Zwartkop’ where the plant can get at least 6 hours of sun a day. Homegrowers, place the plant on a window ledge where it can get plenty of sunlight.

How to Propagate Aeonium Arboreum ‘Zwartkop’

Aeonium Arboreum ‘Zwartkop’ is one of the easier succulents to propagate, especially when growing using cuttings.


The best way to grow Aeonium Arboreum ‘Zwartkop’  from cuttings is by using either sterile scissors or a sharp knife. Start by removing the stem from the core of the plant, let the plant sit and harden for a few days. Once that is done, place the stem in well-draining soil, only water the plant if the soil has been dried out.

Origin and Habitat

Aeonium Arboretum ‘Zwartkop’ traces its origin to a nursery produced cultivar.

Flower Colour

Helpful Tip: Depending on where the plant is located can leave the plant to die. The leading reason for this is soggy soil and over-watering. When the plant has too much water, the roots will drown and die.


When growing Aeonium Arboreum ‘Zwartkop’ from seeds, make sure that the temperature is around 19 to 24 ° C or 66 to 75° F. Ideally this is done during the summer or by using grow lights. The seeds should then be placed in well-draining soil, and only watered once the soil is completely dry.