It’s true! Following a tree trimming in late May of this year, I have kept a close eye on the cuttings I’d saved from my dragon tree (aka Dracaena draco and drago tree), planted in containers for propagation. In about 4 months’ time, a few of these cuttings have shown unexpected but exciting new growth! The photo on the far right shows in the top center a new “sprout” of bright green tree leaves forming at the crown of the cutting. In fact, several small “sprouts” dot this particular cutting. Perhaps this is a privileged view of how the dragon tree forms new branches, all without having to climb a tall, mature tree to find out!
The other cutting does not show a “sprout” at its crown. Rather, it shows, in the bottom center, a tiny dragon tree seedling at the base of the cutting. Wow! Click on that photo to get a better view. The seedling was unexpected because all I’ve planted in these containers were tree cuttings.
Based on these two specimens, I can only conclude that dragon tree cuttings exhibit new growth in the form of new leaf “sprouts” at their crown AND in the production of seedlings, which may be advantageous for this plant’s survival. Incredible dual strategy. I honestly was only expecting possibly incrementally taller tree cuttings over time, so this has been a very fun lesson to learn about these remarkable trees!