Dracaena draco

2005

Dracaena draco

Dragon Tree, Dragon’s Blood Tree

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Canary Islands, Madeira Island and the Cape Verde Islands

Growth Habit:

A very slow growing tree. The plant may take up to ten or fifteen years to flower, at which point it will branch for the first time. It will eventually form a large multi-stemmed tree up to 20 feet tall and wide.

Growing Requirements:

Dracaenas are succulent plants, and will grow in full sun or light shade, with moderate water, preferably in well-drained soil. They need a climate where winters stay mainly above freezing, as the leaves are frost-sensitive and the plants die at around 25 degrees. They grow well on the coast.

Features:

The leaves are sword-shaped and have a sharp tip. Small, creamy-white flowers are borne in branched spikes. The small, round fruit are fleshy and bright orange. Old specimens have scaly brown bark. The name “dragon’s blood tree” comes from the plant’s red sap, which was used in ancient Egypt as part of the embalming process and has been used in making paint and varnishes.

Where at Lotusland:

Over 60 Dragon Trees are planted in front of the Main House.

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