DRACAENA ARBOREA (Dragon Tree Dracaena)
ORIGIN : Tropical Western Africa
LIGHT : Medium to high (part shade, full sun)
WATER : Moderate (let soil dry out between watering)
GROWTH RATE : Slow
HEIGHT : 30 feet
Dracaena Arborea is a slow growing, solitary plant native to tropical Western Africa. With its large trunk and dramatic shapes, it can grow up to more than 30 feet in height. It starts as a palm-like plant with a top rosette of leaves and a naked stem. Once it gets older it can branch, creating a multi-headed specimen. Dracaena Arborea has a head of strappy dark green sword-shaped leaves that can grow to 3 feet in length.
Dracaena Arborea grows like a monocot with leaves erupting from a central meristem (umbrella shaped) and forming a circular rosette of leaves that hang on along the stem until, with age, they slough off. The leaves anchor around the stem. The leaves’ removal, once they are dead, starts with lowest leaves by pulling them in a downward motion. This creates a neat appearance of the plant.
The drying out of the young terminal leaves can be an indicator that the roots are in trouble. That could be from either under or over watering. These plants do well when kept on the dry side. Don’t let it sit in water and only water it when the top third of the soil feels dry to the touch.
Dracaena Arborea thrives in sun or partial shade. When exposed to too much light the leaves may become bleached. Soil must be richer than most dracaenas.