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Dracaena aletriformis

Family: Dracaenaceae (Dragon Tree family)

Common names: Dragon Tree, Large-leaved Dragon Tree (E); Drakeboom (A);

Native to: Southern Africa
Shrub, Tree
A magnificent, sculptural shade-loving shrub.

Dracaena aletriformis

EVERGREEN

SHADE

SEMI FROST HARDY

MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS

MEDIUM GROWER

ATTRACTS BIRDS

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

2m x 1.5m
FLOWERING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Dracaena aletriformis

DESCRIPTION

An evergreen single-stemmed shrub with large, leathery, dark-green leaves. The bark is tan and marked with leaf scars.  It bears tiny white flowers which are carried on tall spikes and are followed by orange berries.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION
Forests.
WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
The fruit is popular with many fruit-eating birds.
The flowers draw insects with their following of insectivorous birds and lizards.
Dracaena serves as a larval host plant to the Bush Nightfighter butterfly.
WATER REQUIREMENTS
Water moderately.
MAINTENANCE
Low maintenance.
Keep well mulched to mimic forest floor.
LANDSCAPING USES
A wonderful foliage plant for shady areas. It may also be grown in a container indoors. The fruit attract birds such as pigeons, louries and bulbuls. It also attracts butterflies.
GARDEN THEMES
Forest, Formal, Rockery, Tropical, Woodland
FLOWERS
The sweetly-scented white flowers open at night and attract several species of moth for pollination.
FOLIAGE
The leaves are dark green and leathery and long (0.5m – 0.9m). They curl slightly and droop, giving the plant a fine sculptural form.
BARK
BUTTERFLY/MOTH HOST PLANT
Artitropa erunnys (Bush Nightfighter)
PESTS & DISEASES
Seldom attacked by pests.
CULTIVATION
Easily propagated from fresh seed sown in a light potting medium.

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