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Dracaena marginata 'Bicolor' (Madagascar dragon tree 'Bicolor')

Intermediate
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
5m
Max height
1m
Max spread
10-20 years outdoors
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Dracaena marginata 'Bicolor'

Other names

Madagascar dragon tree 'Bicolor'

Genus

Dracaena Dracaena

Variety or Cultivar

'Bicolor' _ 'Bicolor' is a slow-growing, multi-stemmed plant with narrow, glossy variegated leaves usually grown as a houseplant.


Dracaena marginata 'Bicolor' is: Evergreen

Fragrance

Mature trees have scented flowers.

Habit

Single stemmed palm, cycad or tree, Spiky

Flower

White, Green in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green, Variegated in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Glasshouse red spider mite , Scale insects , Thrips Glasshouse red spider mite , Scale insects , Thrips

General care

Pruning

If growth is weak, plants can be cut back to within 15cm of the base in spring.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Dracaena marginata 'Bicolor' (Madagascar dragon tree 'Bicolor') will reach a height of 5m and a spread of 1m after 10-20 years outdoors.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Conservatory, Foliage only, Greenhouse, Indoor, Mediterranean, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Plant inside in loam-based potting compost in full light and shade from hot sun and with moderate humidity. Tolerant of low light levels indoors.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Indoor unheated (H2)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Dracaena marginata 'Bicolor'

Other names

Madagascar dragon tree 'Bicolor'

Genus

Dracaena Dracaena

Variety or Cultivar

'Bicolor' _ 'Bicolor' is a slow-growing, multi-stemmed plant with narrow, glossy variegated leaves usually grown as a houseplant.

Foliage

Evergreen

Fragrance

Mature trees have scented flowers.

Habit

Single stemmed palm, cycad or tree, Spiky


Colour

Flower

White, Green in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green, Variegated in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Glasshouse red spider mite , Scale insects , Thrips

General care

Pruning

If growth is weak, plants can be cut back to within 15cm of the base in spring.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Dracaena marginata 'Bicolor' (Madagascar dragon tree 'Bicolor') will reach a height of 5m and a spread of 1m after 10-20 years outdoors.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Conservatory, Foliage only, Greenhouse, Indoor, Mediterranean, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Plant inside in loam-based potting compost in full light and shade from hot sun and with moderate humidity. Tolerant of low light levels indoors.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Indoor unheated (H2)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Dracaena marginata 'Bicolor' (Madagascar dragon tree 'Bicolor')

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Spodoptera cosmioides

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous pest distributed throughout much of South America and intercepted in the Netherlands. Could be damaging if introduced to UK glasshouses.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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