A Truly Magnificent Dracena Draco

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This neighborhood Dracena draco rivals any that I've seen in a public botanical garden.  How it managed to get so large and stay so perfectly beautiful in someone's front yard is something of a miracle.  Perhaps the people who originally planted it, or a descendent, still owns the home...or the original owners managed to sell the property to someone who appreciated the spectacular beauty of this specimen.

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It has been trimmed slightly to keep it high enough above the sidewalk, but it was done carefully, not butchered.  This tree started branching young, so it is proportionally rather short in comparison to its breadth.  However, this was fortunate--it does not tower over the single-story home on the lot.  In addition, the low branching makes it less top heavy, and therefore less likely to topple.  Though the Dracena is large, it still works beautifully in the space.  It dominates, but does not overwhelm.  Okay, it is overwhelming, but not in size--in the beauty of it!
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A mature Dracena draco casts dense shade.
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Looking up into the canopy is entrancing.  There is no other tree quite like it.
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It is supremely ironic that the Dracena was given the perfect space, but that this garden also contains a couple of Dasylirion longissimas that are planted to close to the fence and too close to each other.  There are also a pair of Chondropetalums also rather crammed into the space. 

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What does it matter?  That Dracena!  
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Gasp!  Sigh!  Swoon!  Oooooh!!

Comments

  1. Wow, I've never seen such a huge specimen outside a botanical garden! I wonder how old it is? It looks like a beautiful front yard all around! Thank you for posting these beautiful photos.

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  2. I really had no idea that they could get this large, or this beautiful! That bark is wonderful!

    Thanks so much for sharing this!

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  3. That is a spectacular plant! I usually think of them as house plants. I didn't know they would grow so huge, but what an amazing plant!

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  4. "Gasp! Sigh! Swoon! Oooooh!!"... Indeed! OMG! If I were to happen upon this tree while just driving from point A to point B I would end up slamming on my brakes in the middle of the street. That is amazing. Again your climate makes me green with envy.

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  5. Wow, anybody would really give those sighs and amazement in looking at that Dracaena! And it has lots of flowers too, which can be sold to a nursery by the kilos, haha!

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  6. Seriously amazing! What a neighborhood gem! I wish we could grow such things around here...

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