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Grow Aeonium Arboreum Sunburst in Your Succulent Garden

Updated on June 7, 2017
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Sherry has maintained homes and landscaped yards for 45 years in Southern California. She has collected water-wise succulents for 10 years.

Aeonium Arboreum Sunburst is an Easy Care Succulent

Aeonium arboreum 'Sunburst' is a striking succulent plant to use as a mass planting for big impact and bright color. The plant reaches 30 inches high and has platter sized rosettes that can be 10 inches across.

The color is light yellow with green variegation down the center of each leaf. With the right amount of sun the rosettes blush with pink around the edges. The rosettes sit atop long slightly curved half inch thick stems of a neutral gray.

Plant them together and the various sizes, rosette clusters and single rosettes appear to be bursting. I will tell you what you will need to get your aeonium Sunburst growing like a riot in your yard.

grow aeonium succulents
grow aeonium succulents

Planting the Sunburst Succulent

Want to go slow and not spend a lot of money? Buy just one Sunburst succulent plant. The patch at right was started with one plant. It has taken 6 years to propagate a 4 square foot area. Three plants would be a good start if you prefer more to look at in the beginning. Later, at the established stage there will be plenty to throw away.

This year the mass planting was extend further and mixed with aeonium decorum Kiwi. This can be done by plucking rosettes off the clusters that form at the top and planting them at different distances from the original plant. (The tallest plant near the center.) The more plants started the better the area looked and convinced me mass planting is a plus with this gorgeous succulent. The patch is on a slope and located eye level and offers stunning beauty for the price of one plant and a little waiting.

aeonium arboreum
aeonium arboreum

Succulent Plant Care

Sunburst succulent is more drought tolerant than most succulents and watering them once a week in the hot California summers keeps them satisfied. Plant them in partial shade for half the day. Hot sun will burn the leaves and turn the edges brown, but the ground can be dry for 5-7 days.

A freeze will make the plant's leaves wilt and then dry up.This spot offers some freeze protection because of an island roof, a growing queen palm and a wall six feet distance.

In the top center of this photo are the aeoneium decorum Kiwi that I am going to mix with the Sunburst in the top area of the photo. The Kiwi is a far smaller rosette but the yellow part at the tips become so rosy around the edges in the spring.

In Southern California the best time to expand your succulent garden is after the Holidays when it is cool and we are getting our seasonal rain. When spring arrives your work will become very showy.

mass planting sunburst aeonium
mass planting sunburst aeonium

Propagating Sunburst Succulent

When propagating allow the end of the stem to dry out for a day or two. Also, cuttings can be put directly into soil that will be dry for a couple of days.

Sunburst does well in our clay soil and the clippings do well in my mother's very sandy soil, as well.

The plant will last two to three years and will topple over. Break the long stem off and replant to maintain full color and dense growth in the area.

Aeonium Sunburst
Aeonium Sunburst

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      Ruthi 2 years ago

      That succulent sunburst is a winner for me! What a lovely plant that I do need to add to my collection of plant beauties.

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      BlogsWriter 4 years ago

      I have seen this succulent plant in a garden, reminds me of the cactus, they make the garden look so colorful.

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      I plant my succulents in a hypertufta pot. Sometimes in the Southeast USA, there will be a surprise freeze and I hate to loose a plant!

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      I love them all. My succulent garden is hit and miss, but I'm trading starters with a couple of friends now. It's fun to introduce a new member to our succulent family. The Aeonium Arboreum is next!

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      Anthony Altorenna 4 years ago from Connecticut

      I like the variegated foliage of the aeonium arboreum. I've added several freeze-resistant varieties of succulents to a rock garden, and I also grow several other varieties in containers. During the summer, I move the pots out to the deck where they get lots of sun. As the cold weather approaches, I mover them to a sunny area for the winter.

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      pheonix76 4 years ago from WNY

      Actually succulents aren't considered a family (biologically speaking); a succulent is a type of plant characterized by fleshy leaves/stems that retain water (an adaptation to arid environments). Cacti are my favorite type of succulents, especially Mammillaria spp. I'm a bit of a botany nerd, thanks for sharing! :)

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      I've bought cacti so that I could take photos of their flowers. These are amazing plants with unique beauty.

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      Gayle Dowell 4 years ago from Kansas

      I don't have a succulent garden, but I think I need to make room this spring for one!

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      These are beautiful. Too bad I don;'t think they would survive the winter here in Colorado.

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      Perrin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      I have one on my back porch that my son picked out as a "treat" in Lowe's for good behavior! I don't even know what it's called, though! He loves showing people his plant, though.

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      GardenIdeasHub LM 4 years ago

      I was very interested in growing aeonium arboreum and thanks for the tips.

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      makorip lm 4 years ago

      I've always admired the Succulents, need to plant some.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 4 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Such a beautiful plant. I envy your climate that allows you to plant outside.

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      These look beautiful. I have a few hens and chicks, but they are small and not as showy as these.

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      RedShoesGirl 4 years ago

      I don't have a garden right now, but these plants are lovely. I must say that I love that dog in the background :)

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