This aloe grows up to 15 meters in height. It branches dichotomously, and superficially resembles Aloe dichotoma. It can be distinguished by its paler, wider, recurved leaves, and its taller, more sparsely branched growth form.
Its round, bright yellow flowers are pendant, and hang down below the rosette (unlike those of the other tree aloes). They appear in Spring.
See the Aloe dichotoma article for further information, including the distinction between A. dichotoma var. pillansii and the other subspecies.
It is found around the border between Namibia and South Africa, where its natural habitat is upper mountain slopes, in the arid winter-rainfall Richtersveld shrubland. It is severely threatened by habitat loss, illegal collecting, and livestock grazing.
It rarely appears in cultivation, as it is an extremely slow growing species, and difficult to cultivate.
It requires full sun, extremely well-drained rocky mineral soil, and very dry conditions. In habitat, it grows on rocky slopes in a desert region which receives its sparse rainfall predominantly in the winter.
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