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Dracaena marginata 'Magenta' (v)

Madagascar dragon tree 'Magenta'

An erect, slow-growing tree to 2m tall, with cane-like stems and narrow, strap-shaped, red-flushed leaves emerging in tufts from the tops of the stems

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Red
Summer Green Red
Autumn Green Red
Winter Green Red
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1B
Botanical details
Family
Asparagaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Tufted
Potentially harmful
Pets (dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents): Harmful if eaten. For further information and contact numbers regarding pets, see the HTA guide to potentially harmful plants
Genus

Dracaena are evergreen trees, the few branches bearing linear to lance-shaped leaves often crowded towards the tips; on mature plants, small greenish-white flowers may be followed by orange or red berries

Name status

Unresolved

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in loam-based potting compost in full light with shade from hot sun. Water moderately in the growing season and apply a balanced liquid feed monthly; water sparingly in winter. Top dress or pot on in spring. See Dracaena and houseplant cultivation for further advice

Propagation

Propagate from semi-ripe cuttings and leafless stem sections with bottom heat in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Houseplants
  • Low Maintenance
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

No pruning required, although weak stems may be shortened to 15cm in spring, and the resulting cutting used to propagate a new plant

Pests

May be susceptible to scale insects, glasshouse red spider mite, thrips and mealybugs

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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