Asparagaceae (asparagus family) Dracaena

Dracaena draco dragon tree

Canary Islands
Dracaena draco, Arizona Garden. Sairus Patel, 20 Feb 2023
Dracaena draco, Arizona Garden. John Rawlings, ca. 2005

A specimen 10 feet tall with three main branches stands under the coast live oak in the Arizona Garden, donated as a house plant that got too big for its balcony. Three were installed in the New Guinea Sculpture Garden in 2021.

Mature tree transplants from the Stanford residence to university grounds 1889–1891 had died by the late 1930s. One of the last known specimens was in the outer northeast circle of the Inner Quad; see entry and photo in Albert Wilson’s Distinctive Trees, Shrubs, and Vines in the Gardens of the San Francisco Peninsula (1938).

Illustrations: gallery.

Related material: Dracaena entry of Species Lost list.

About this Entry: John Rawlings authored the main text of this entry ca. 2005. Updates, edits, new locations (May 2024, SP).