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Dracaena draco

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Dragon Tree (Dracaena draco) at Garden Treasures

Dragon Tree

Dragon Tree

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Dragon Tree (Dracaena draco) at Garden Treasures

Dragon Tree fruit

Dragon Tree fruit

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Dragon Tree (Dracaena draco) at Garden Treasures

Dragon Tree foliage

Dragon Tree foliage

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Height:  20 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8

Description:

An interesting succulent plant that is often used as a houseplant; will grow quite large if planted outdoors in frost free areas; greenish white flowers in summer are followed by attractive orange berries; great for containers

Ornamental Features

Dragon Tree is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent orange berries from late summer to early fall. It has attractive bluish-green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The succulent narrow leaves are highly ornamental and remain bluish-green throughout the winter. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Dragon Tree is a multi-stemmed evergreen tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Dragon Tree is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Shade
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Dragon Tree will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

Dragon Tree is a fine choice for the yard, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Shade  Garden  Container 
Applications
Fruit  Foliage Color 
Ornamental Features