Dragon Tree

Dracaena draco

Canary Islands Dragon Tree, Drago

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Dracaena draco is a monocot with a tree-like growth habit, young plants are single stemmed. At about 10–15 years of age the stem stops growing and produces a first flower spike. Soon after flowering and fruiting, a crown of terminal buds appears and the plant starts branching. Each branch grows for about 10–15 years and re-branches, giving the mature plants an umbrella-like structure. It grows slowly, requiring about ten years to reach 1.2 metres in height, but can grow much faster in ideal conditions.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Cuttings

Root leafless stem sections with bottom heat in summer.

Special features

Drought resistant

Can tolerate long dry periods.

Special features

Origin

Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Madeira, Africa, Western Morocco

Natural climate

Temperate to Tropical

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Medicinal

When cutting bark or leaves they secrete a reddish resin, one of several sources of substances known as dragon's blood, it is traditionally said to have medicinal value.

Personality

Family

Asparagaceae

Flower colour

Green, White

Scent

Mild

Problems

Generally problem free
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