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The mythical "Dragon Tree" of the Canary Islands is a tall, long-lived succulent tree. Dracaena Draco has thick, shiny grey-brown trunks. Older specimens are spectacular as they branch and form thick aerial roots. Mature plants achieve 5-18 m, according to growing conditions. Leaves are simple, strap-like, glaucous-green, inflorescences are creamy white, followed by bright orange fruits. It is damaged by frost but it does well in cool conditions. Large, old specimens can be seen on the warmer coasts of the Mediterranean. It is also good in large pots and makes a beautiful patio plant that can be brought indoors during the coldest months. Wounded stems secrete a dark red resin which is the famous "dragon's blood" of the past. It is not only native to the Canary Islands, but also found in Madeira, Cape Verde and Morocco, where a different subspecies grows on the Atlas mountains, recently described as Dracaena draco ssp. ajgal.




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Slow-growing, award-winning Dracaena draco (Dragon Tree) is an evergreen tree with attractive hefty limbs and stiff but flexible leaves. Sparsely branched, the thick, swollen, cylindrical trunk, branches into stout, upright arms with terminal rosettes of sword-shaped, blue-green leaves to 2 ft. in length (60 cm). Initially smooth and gray, the bark becomes scaly with horizontal, red stripes, a reminder that this tree bleeds crimson sap when the bark is cut or bruised. Likened to the blood of dragons, (Dracaena means dragon in ancient Greek), this sap is used as a varnish for violins and other fine wood. In early summer appear panicles of greenish-white flowers on mature plants. They are followed by orange berries. This very ornamental tree does not begin to branch until it has flowered for the first time, usually after a couple of decades of growth.


  • The dragon's blood name comes from the fact that it exudes reddish resin from wounds and nicks. As a point of interest, it is said that this resin was used as a wood dye to stain the famous Stradivarius violins."}},"@type": "Question","name": "Can you grow a dragon blood tree in the United States?","acceptedAnswer": "@type": "Answer","text": "If you are in USDA plant hardiness zones 10 through 12 you can try growing D. draco outdoors. If successful, these trees can live for hundreds of years. You can sometimes see old ones in the U.S. preserved on estates or in botanical gardens.","@type": "Question","name": "Are dragon trees worth money or are they rare?","acceptedAnswer": "@type": "Answer","text": "Dracaena draco isn't the least expensive plant, so when you do find one, it might cost more than the average houseplant. It is, however, becoming rare and vulnerable as listed on tree conservation sites."]}]}] .icon-garden-review-1fill:#b1dede.icon-garden-review-2fill:none;stroke:#01727a;stroke-linecap:round;stroke-linejoin:round > buttonbuttonThe Spruce The Spruce's Instagram The Spruce's TikTok The Spruce's Pinterest The Spruce's Facebook NewslettersClose search formOpen search formSearch DecorRoom Design

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If you are in USDA plant hardiness zones 10 through 12 you can try growing D. draco outdoors. If successful, these trees can live for hundreds of years. You can sometimes see old ones in the U.S. preserved on estates or in botanical gardens.


Dracaena draco isn't the least expensive plant, so when you do find one, it might cost more than the average houseplant. It is, however, becoming rare and vulnerable as listed on tree conservation sites.


Dracaena draco, the Canary Islands dragon tree or drago,[4] is a subtropical tree in the genus Dracaena, native to the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Madeira, western Morocco, and is thought to be introduced in the Azores.[5] Its closest living relative is the dragon blood tree of Socotra, Dracaena cinnabari.[1]


Dracaena draco is native to Macaronesia and southwest Morocco, where it is commonly cultivated as an ornamental plant. On the Canary and Madeira archipelagos, wild endemic populations today are known only in Tenerife and Madeira after recently going extinct in the wild in Gran Canaria. Wild populations in Morocco extend to the southwest Atlas Mountains. Its origin on the Azores is uncertain but it is thought to result from an introduction made by the Portuguese prior to 1500 with seeds from Madeira and Cape Verde, as some individuals were observed to have similarities with the Cape Verdean subspecies (subsp. caboverdeana); there are around 200-300 individuals on remote sites in the island of São Jorge and a few more on other islands and is unknown if these populations can be considered native or the result of an early introduction.[5][16]


When the bark or leaves are cut they secrete a reddish resin, one of several sources of substances known as dragon's blood. Red resins from this tree contain many mono- and dimeric flavans that contribute to the red color of the resins.[17] Dragon's blood has a number of traditional medical uses, although dragon's blood obtained from Dracaena draco was not known until the 15th century,[18] and analyses suggest that most dragon's blood used in art was obtained from species of the genus Daemonorops.[19] The primary and secondary plant body are the site of the secretory plant tissues that form dragon's blood. These tissues include ground parenchyma cells and cortex cells.[20] Dragon's blood from Dracaena draco and Dracaena cinnabari can be distinguished by differences in 10 compounds and a dominant flavonoid DrC11 missing in Dracaena draco.[19]


Dracaena draco is cultivated and widely available as an ornamental tree for parks, gardens, and drought tolerant water conserving sustainable landscape projects. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[22][23]


Native to Africa, this has been known to be a tropical plant that can reach 15 feet high in its natural habitat. Dracaena draco is an excellent indoor plant with luscious vertical foliage. This corn-like plant (bigger and broader) will surely give an additional landscape to your beautiful home.


The soil requirement of the Madagascar dragon tree Dracaena draco is a well-drained and airy soil type with peat moss. The soil should be on a pH level of slightly acidic to neutral level to achieve the optimal soil condition required for the plant. These levels are essential to give the plant total growth and prevent the Draco from infections.


To ensure a consistent and higher humidity level, you may use a humidifier or a container with pebble filled with water. Because the humidity is higher around big-leaved plants, you can also add another big-leaved buddy to your Dracaena draco.


This plant does not need to be pruned for shape. However, dead leaves should be removed as soon as they develop. When pruning your Dragon Tree, the first thing to remember is to be very careful around its trunk, especially if it is an older tree. This is because Dracaena draco bark is susceptible and may bleed a red resin if damaged. After the cut has healed, the scar that results will endure a lifetime. So trimming these leaves is largely unnecessary.


The crimson resin is present in Dracaena Draco but not in Dracaena Marginata, a typical houseplant. The Dragon tree Dracaena Marginata has beautiful thin, tapering leaves that give it a spiky appearance. Dracaena draco is an evergreen shrub with a single smooth grey trunk and solid green foliage.


You can propagate your dracaena marginata with stem cuttings in water. They root fairly easily, but you can use a little Houseplant Propagation Promoter to help it along, provide nutrients, and protect your cutting from disease.


Impress your neighbors, friends, and anyone that happens to catch sight of the Dragon Tree thriving in your landscape! They are native to the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Madeira, and western Morocco, and this award-winning evergreen tree is also known by the botanical name, Dracaena draco, and this is a tree unlike any other! You cannot help but be impressed by its umbrella-like appearance, and the thick, long and slender, slightly swollen trunks with stout upright arms that feature rosettes of attractive blue-green leaves. We like to plant this unique tree in beds and borders, succulent gardens, rock gardens and in any spot that could use a plant that is sure to get all the right attention! 041b061a72


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