Common Name: Dragon Tree
The slow-growing Dragon Tree is an evergreen tree with attractive limbs and stiff but flexible leaves. Sparsely branched, the thick cylindrical trunk branches into stout, upright arms with sword-shaped, blue-green leaves to 60cm in length.
It is a very long lived plant, with some specimens in the Canary Islands said to be more than a thousand years old. With its beautiful umbrella shape and palm-like appearance, the Dragon Tree makes a dramatic focal point in the landscape. It is a good choice for coastal areas as it tolerates winds, salt spray and salty soils.
Easily grown in well-drained soils in full sun or part shade. Water infrequently and deeply, but not allow the roots to remain wet. Drought tolerant.
Native to the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Madeira, and western Morocco.