Dragon Tree Bed
Title: Dragon Tree Bed
Broadcast: September 16th 2017
Presenter: Nigel Ruck
Nigel visits the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, to show you a spectacular architectural plant that’ll really make your garden pop!
- Dracaena Draco, commonly known as the Dragon Tree, is a subtropical tree-like plant native to the Canary Islands. The Dragon Tree Lawn, on the foreshore of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden, has had dragon trees since the 1800s.
- Nigel speaks with Dale, who explains the reasoning behind the dragon tree display. Because some of the older plants aren’t doing so well, Dale planted new growth, so that visitors can always see a healthy dragon tree.
- Some of the plants here are half a century old, and as they grow, they branch out – typically every 15 years.
- It is thought that these plants can live for hundreds of years, but Dale thinks they can live for thousands.
- Dragon trees need full sun, as well as well-drained soil, which is why they can often be seen growing on a slight slope.
- If you’ve never seen a Dragon tree before, then Dragon Tree Lawn at the Royal Botanic Garden is the place to come!
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