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Dragon Tree, Dragon's Blood Tree
Scientific Name: Dracaena draco L.
Family: Agavaceae
Dragon Tree, Dragon's Blood Tree (Dracaena  draco)
A single stemmed Dragon tree at the New York Botanical Garden
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 16-17, 21-27
USDA: 9b-12

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 22F (-5C)

Heat Tolerance: Protect from afternoon sun in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Full sun or light shade

Origin: Canary Islands, Madeira Island, Cape Verde Islands

Growth Habits: Palm-like evergreen slowly growing to 30 feet (9 m), 20 feet spread (6 m)

Watering Needs: Moderate water

Propagation: Tip cuttings, root cuttings, seeds

The name comes from the red sap of this tree that was sold as 'Dragon's Blood' and was said to be used by the ancient Egyptian during the embalming process. It was considered and was part of any witchcraft toolkit.

Cultural Practices:
The dragon trees tend to stay unbranched for many years before expanding as a tree.

Blooming Habits:
Clusters of greenish-white flowers at the end of the branches, followed by orange berries.

Fruiting Habits:

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