Aeonium arboreum Schwarzkopf



The Aeonium arboreum Schwarzkopf is a branching succulent shrub that produces magnificent, shiny black-purple leaf rosettes at the ends of its branches. The rosettes grow as large as 8 inches across. Interestingly, this succulent's color is directly correlated to the amount/strength of the sun it receives. The stronger the sunlight, the blacker it will become!

It is a fleshy plant, but if you apply pressure towards the end of the leaf, it feels like plastic. In late spring, the Aeonium arboreum Schwarzkopf produces golden pyramids of flowers. At full maturity, they can reach heights of 3 feet. This succulent sports a showy, light gray trunk.

They are easy to cultivate and are hardy in cooler environments. The Aeonium arboreum Schwarzkopf does OK in air-conditioned environments.


1. Aeonium arboreum (L.) Webb & Berthel.
2. Sempervivum arboreum L.
3. Aeonium arboreum var. albovariegatum (Weston) Boom
4. Sempervivum arboreum var. albovariegatum Weston
5. Aeonium arboreum var. luteovariegatum (Weston) Boom
6. Sempervivum arboreum var. luteovariegatum Weston
7. Aeonium doramae Webb ex A.Berger
8. Aeonium doremae Webb ex Christ
9. Aeonium manriqueorum Bolle
10. Sempervivum chrysanthum Hochst. ex Britten

Plant Details
USDA Zone Information: 
Flower : 
Ideal Light Conditions: 
full sun to lite shade
Ideal Water Conditions: 
dry normal
Speed of Growth: 
Mature Height: 
3 ft
Latin Name: 
Aeonium arboreum Schwarzkopf
Common Name: 
Black Rose, Black Beauty, Aeonium 'Blacktop', Black Houseleek Tree, Black Tree Houseleek

Corporate Clients (The King hangs hard)


RoboCop (1987)
RoboCop 2 (1990)
Hot Pursuit (2015)


USA Network's Queen of the South (2019)

Botanical Gardens:

New York Botanical Gardens
Oklahoma City Zoo/Botanical Gardens
Mercer Arboretum in Houston, Texas
Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan


Houston, TX Zoo
San Antonio, TX Zoo

Other Clientele:

Houston, TX Rodeo

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