About The Dragon Tree
The exotic-looking Dragon Tree plant is perfect for first-time or experienced indoor gardeners.
These easy-to-care-for plants are highly prized for their striking appearance. Their long, slender arching leaves make a fabulous addition to any home or office. In a nutshell: These easy-going plants make the perfect house guest!
Native to Madagascar, this air-purifying tree thrives in bright, indirect light. However, they can adapt to lower lighting conditions. Dragon Trees prefer moderate humidity and temperatures between 65 °F and 75 °F.
Growing and caring for a Dragon Tree is super easy as it's pretty indestructible. This slow-growing plant is fairly drought-tolerant and only needs water when the top inch of soil feels dry.
While these slow-growing plants are non-toxic to humans, a Dragon Tree is toxic, but not fatal, to pets (causing vomiting and salivation).
A Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata) forms part of the Dracaena Genus species. It has several variations - which we'll look at next. The marginata is the most popular type seen indoors.
The Asparagaceae family is a large and diverse family of flowering plants that includes a wide range of species, such as Asparagus (i.e. edible asparagus), Sansevieria (i.e. snake plants), and Dracaena (Dracaena marginata and Lucky Bamboo) - to name a few.
Dragon Tree plants originated in Madagascar, an island located off the southeast coast of Africa. The natural habitat of this tree includes subtropical and tropical regions, where conditions range from arid landscapes to more humid environments.
As previously mentioned, there are a few Dragon Tree variations. They have arching leaves that cascade from the stems (canes). Some have dark green leaves with red edges, while others may have an entirely 'pink' appearance.
Types of Dragon Trees:
Dracaena marginata: The "original" Dragon Tree has dark green, red-edged leaves.
Dracaena marginata 'Bicolor': This variety has dark green leaves with an outer ivory stripe and red border.
Dracaena marginata 'Tricolor': Similar to the original but with three colors, hence the name. The leaves have a light green center, yellowish band, and red borders/edges.
Dracaena marginata 'Colorama': Again, similar to the original but with more prominent red edges, creating a reddish-pink appearance.
Dracaena marginata 'Tarzan': Separate from the others, this variety has tougher, wider, and slightly thicker leaves. They are arranged in a 'spiky ball' at the top of each stem. As the leaves grow, the 'balls' travel upward on the canes (stems).
A Madagascar Dragon Tree is an attractive plant and can be used effortlessly throughout your home or office. These easy-going slow-growers are used to brighten up living spaces (and also make the perfect gift for indoor gardening lovers).
Dragon Trees must be kept out of direct sunlight and thrive in corners of the home/office. They are a terrific potted plant and need minimal care.
Another great spot for your Dragon Trees is the bathroom, where humidity levels are high.
Things to consider:
Consider using a humidity tray or room humidifier if you live in a dry climate and/or lower humidity levels. You can occasionally mist your Dragon Tree to create this effect.
Dragon Trees prefer moderate temperatures (65-75 °F), so avoid placing them near radiators in winter or air conditioners in summer.
Do not move your Dragon Tree around too much. This causes the tree to become stressed by sudden changes in temperature, resulting in leaf drop, or discoloration.
Fun fact: In Feng Shui, Dragon Trees are linked to good fortune, prosperity, and emotional support!