Dragon Trees: Ages and Stages!

It may seem like these are different plants, but, I assure you, they are not! These are photos of my much beloved dragon trees, in different stages of development. The very petite tree in the first photo was taken just a few weeks ago and the result of an errant dragon-tree seed germinating in the soil and taking root! Propagating this tree from seed is inexpensive but is a long waiting game (the seeds are contained within the berries of the flower stalks that precede the appearance of berries – see the photo below of my mature tree).  Check out the size of this tiny baby tree, relative to the size of the cinder block behind it.

The other three photos are a bit older: the second photo is a dragon-tree cutting taken from my very mature tree and is thriving in a container. This cutting (and similar cuttings) have developed roots and settling in nicely in their containers. Cuttings are a good way to propagate this tree, although the cuttings can be quite heavy! I recommend taking cuttings from your mature tree in inconspicuous portions of the tree, to maintain the symmetry and beauty of the overall tree.

The third is a young but tall dragon tree on the side of my house (I am not sure of its origins: if from a seed from the mature tree, a cutting from the mature tree, or a separate, unrelated dragon tree planted there on purpose). When I first purchased my house, this particular tree was so low to the ground that I thought it was an agave or some other type of plant! Within 10 years’ time, this tree shot up, fairly rapid in tree years, I suppose, but fairly slow in people years!

The fourth photo is of my mature dragon tree. Each year, this tree produces flowers and berries, which eventually change from green to orange in color. Birds really LOVE to eat the pulp from these berries and leave the seeds behind, so it can be a bit untidy at times.

I want to showcase in one post how this tree develops and how it would look over the course of time. This is a good approximation of what you could expect if you were to grow a dragon tree from seed and planted it outdoors. Compare and contrast!

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