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Dragon’s blood tree,

The Dracaena draco (L.) L. (1767) is native to the Açores, Cape Verde, Canary Islands, Madeira and Morocco where it lives in the dry forests on rocky soils at low altitudes.

Evergreen species with shrubby habit of slow growth up to about 12 m tall – even if in nature do exist rare specimens having a major height – with robust cylindrical greyish stem that ramifies by dichotomy (partition of the apex into two branches that, at their time, split repeatedly) after the blooming.

Species of great effect when adult as isolated specimen, cultivable in the subtropical and temperate warm climate zones in full sun and in draining soils, fearing stagnant waters; it may stand long drought periods and, when adult, temperatures up to -4/-5 °C for a very short period.

 It can be cultivated in pot for rather long time, seen the slow growth, in luminous place, caring particularly the drainage of the soil, with regular waterings from spring to autumn, spaced in winter, and monthly fertilizations utilizing a hydrosoluble balanced product.

  • Category Succulent plants
  • Families Asparagaceae
  • Genus Dracaena
  • Species draco
  • Geographical Area of Origin Macaronesia / Middle-north africa
  • Climatic Zones Sub-tropical, USDA 10 b (Southern Italy and islands)
  • Habit Tree
  • Leaves Lanceolate leaf
  • Colore Foglie Verde   Grigio
  • Flowering Period June / July / August / September
  • Flower Raceme
  • Colore Fiori Giallo   Rosso
  • Favorite soil Sub-acid / medium acid / Middle-Dough / Medium soil
  • Water needs Low / little water
  • Light Exposure Full light / Full sun / Medium shade / Half shade
  • Form Tree
  • Colore Frutti Giallo
  • Parfumed yes
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