Dragon Tree (Dracaena draco)
An incredible living fossil, a structural masterpiece.
Dracaena Draco only exists in the Canary Islands in natural habitat. It looks like it is related to Agave with a thick trunk and strappy foliage on top, but is in fact in the same family as asparagus!! Dracaena draco becomes widely branched when it matures and it can grow to anywhere from 3-10m. It is slow growing, but worth the investment:)
It’s a magnificent and fascinating plant with crowns of long bluish leaves, a short stem and coral roots. Leaf scars look like the skin of a reptile and when wounded, the tree ‘bleeds’ a deep red sap known as ‘Dragons Blood’. In ancient time this was used for embalming and alchemy.
Growing your Dragon Tree
It is a very hardy plant, but needs well draining soil, warmth and full sun. It’s also very suitable for containers - something different!
Also excellent as a palm tree alternative, being frost tolerant and very tropical looking. Frost tolerant up to about -10.
Common names: Dragon Tree, Dragon's Blood Tree, Dragon's Tree
Dragon Tree plants for sale: Young plants establishing nicely approx - 15-20cm tall