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Dragon Tree

Dracaena draco

Also known as

Canary Islands Dragon Tree, Drago

Dracaena draco (Habitus) by Ixitixel (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

10m

Max

8m

1m

Min

2m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Dragon Tree Overview

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.

Common problems with Dragon Tree

Generally problem free

How to harvest Dragon Tree

Generally not harvested

How to propagate Dragon Tree

Cuttings

Root leafless stem sections with bottom heat in summer.

Seed

Propagate from seed.

Special features of Dragon Tree

Drought resistant

Can tolerate long dry periods.

Other uses of Dragon Tree

Rocky slopes. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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.