Information & resources about plants & gardens for Brisbane & Qld
 

 

Dracaena

Dracaena species, hybrids and cultivars

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There are many species and cultivars of this genus with assorted foliage forms and variegations. They are very useful as indoor and outdoor potplants and can be used as garden plants in much of Queensland. While some of the more familiar species have a lush "rainforest" look, they're relatively drought tolerant.

The Dragon Tree (or Dragon's Blood, D. draco) has a high degree of drought tolerance and is bound to become popular in Australia as it becomes more widely available. Anyone in Brisbane wishing to view an old specimen of a Dragon Tree should visit the City Botanic Gardens. Planted in the 1800's, it's suffered damage over the years but the skills of arborists are helping to preserve this historic specimen. It's located near the cafe (formerly the curator's cottage).


News

New species of Dracaena from Thailand has horticultural potential

A new species of dragon tree has been discovered in Thailand. Occurring naturally on limestone hills and mountains, Dracaena kaweesakii reaches about 12 m in height and is extensively branched with attractive foliage. Its beauty and the association of Dracaena species with good luck has meant that it has been transplanted into local Thai gardens. Potential over-harvesting for horticulture and habitat destruction mean the species is could be vulnerable in the future without suitable conservation measures. Source: A stunning new species of dragon tree discovered in Thailand (October 2013)

Older news at bottom of page.


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Where to buy Dracenas in Qld

You'll probably find some common varieties in regular garden centres. Also try Succulent Nurseries for unusual dracaenas.

Other Information Resources

The following links are for general information - some species or cultivars may be unavailable in Australia

Dracaena marginata

Dracaena marginata 'Tricolor' Variegated Dragon-Tree, Madagascar. University of Florida, USA (PDF)
Tricolor Dracaena Dracaena marginata Online Manual of Subtropical Landscaping Plants, Palm Beach Community College, Florida
Red-Edged Dracaena (Dracaena marginata) University of Arkansas
Boron Deficiency in Dracaena (Dracaena marginata) A photograhic illustration. University of Florida NutDef Plant Nutrient Deficiency Database
Dracaena marginata Red-Edged Dracaena, Dragon-Tree, Madagascar Dragon-Tree. University of Florida, USA (PDF)
Dracaena marginata - Rainbow Tree University of Oklahoma

Dracaena fragrans

Dracaena fragrans 'Massangeana' Fragrant Dracaena. University of Florida, USA (PDF)
'Janet Craig' Dracaena, 'Warneckii' Dracaena, Corn-Plant Dracaena fragrans Online Manual of Subtropical Landscaping Plants, Palm Beach Community College, Florida
Dracaena fragrans Trees of Miami, Florida, USA
Dracaena fragrans "Massangeana" University of Oklahoma
Corn Plant Dracaena fragrans. Flowers of India

Dracaena fragrans Massangeana Dracaena fragrans Massangeana
Dracaena fragrans 'Massangeana'

Dracaena fragrans Massangeana Dracaena fragrans Massangeana
Dracaena fragrans in flower (Brisbane, January 2015)


Dracaena reflexa

Synonym Pleomele reflexa
Dracaena reflexa Reflexed Dracaena. University of Florida, USA (PDF)
Reflexed Dracaena, Song of India Dracaena reflexa. Online Manual of Subtropical Landscaping Plants, Palm Beach Community College, Florida
Dracaena reflexa Pleomele, Song of India. The Royal Horticultural Society
Dracaena reflexa Trees of Miami, Florida, USA
Pleomele reflexa Malaysian Dracaena Cal's Plant of the Week, University of Oklahoma

Dracaena draco
Dracaena draco Dragon's Blood Tree. Waite Arboretum (PDF)
Dracaena draco at the ARKive website
dragontree Dracaena draco. Virginia Tech
Dracaena draco Dragon tree. The Royal Horticultural Society
Global Trees Campaign includes information of many endangered species including Dracaena draco and Dracaena ombet
mediterranean climate gardening includes inflormation on Dracaena draco
Dracaena draco Trees of Miami, Florida, USA
Transplanting a Dracaena (Dracaena draco) Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture

Others

Grow dracaena godseffiana the easy way BAR Research and Development Digest, October-December 2001 Volume 3 No. 4 (Official Quarterly Publication of the Bureau of Agricultural Research, Phillipines)
Lucky Bamboo - Plant of the Week (Dracaena sanderana) University of Arkansas
Lucky Bamboo, Ribbon Plant Dracaena sanderiana. Online Manual of Subtropical Landscaping Plants, Palm Beach Community College, Florida
Cashing in with the 'lucky bamboo' BAR Research and Development Digest, October-December 2001Volume 3 No. 4 (Official Quarterly Publication of the Bureau of Agricultural Research, Phillipines)
Lucky Bamboo Dracaena sanderiana. Flowers of India
Sparkling foliage of Dracaena surculosa John&Jacq~s Garden, Malaysia
Dracaena deremensis Dracaena. University of Florida, USA (PDF)
Dracaena deremensis 'Lemon Lime' University of Oklahoma
Dracaena thalioides Lance Dracaena, Dwarf Dracaena. University of Florida, USA (PDF)
Lance Dracaena Dracaena thalioides. Online Manual of Subtropical Landscaping Plants, Palm Beach Community College, Florida
Iron Deficiency in Dracaena (Dracaena sp.) A photograhic illustration. University of Florida NutDef Plant Nutrient Deficiency Database
Dracaena Production Guide Commercial Foliage Crop Production Notes, University of Florida, USA
Dracaena (Dracaena spp.) Landscape Plant Propagation Information, University of Florida
Roots of a different kind - How various foliage plants entered the United States trade Reproduction of a 1997 article, Proceedings of the Florida State Horticultural Society (PDF)

Possible misspellings: Dracina, Dracena


Older News

Old dragon blood in danger

Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens are trying to save a century-old Dracaena draco that has recently fallen. It's possible that after years of drought, recent rains stimulated top growth that was too heavy for the roots to support. In its natural habitat of the Canary Islands (off the north-west coast of Africa), this species can live over 660 years. More from Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney, available here. (May 2008)

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