Madagascar Dragon Tree

Dracaena marginata | Rating: 2 votes | Print / Pdf

The Madagascar Dragon Tree is a great specimen for the garden. Unless it gets homesick and decides to fly back to Madagascar.

The Madagascar Dragon Tree is a wonderful evergreen that is commonly grown as a house plant in the UK. It flowers in the summer months with greenish-white blooms and is ideally suited for conservatory or indoor cultivation. If possible, Dracaena marginata likes a full sunlight or partially shaded position, but if you get the environment right it can tolerate low light levels indoors. It does take a little skill to successfully grow, but being as it’s quite striking, is well worth the effort to do so.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 2 - 5
Spread [m]
  • 1 - 3
Dominant flower colour
  • Inconspicuous or absent
Flower Fragrance
  • Yes, let it smell
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Awards?
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Branching
  • Erect
  • Single stemmed
  • Spiky
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z11-12
Heat zone
  • H12-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • 4 - 0
Heat days
  • 0 - 210
Moisture
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
Exposure
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Exotic, house plants & other
  • House plants
Grown for
  • Ornamental foliage and habit
Creative category
  • Fine fragrants
  • For Beginners
  • Show-offs
  • For birds & bees
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Specimen
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 30 years
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