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DRACAENA fragrans 'Massangeana'

Image of Dracaena fragrans 'Massangeana'

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Agavaceae

Botanical Name

DRACAENA fragrans 'Massangeana'

Plant Common Name

Corn Plant, Dracaena

General Description

Commonly planted as a houseplant or tropical landscape plant, this slow-growing, upright evergreen shrub or small tree is native to tropical Africa. The cultivar ‘Massangeana' has arching, lance shaped, yellow-striped leaves borne toward the tips of its stems. Mature landscape specimens produce long panicles of strongly scented white flowers in summer, followed by orange fruit.

Where hardy, plant in a sheltered sunny site in fertile, well drained soil. Indoors, it likes bright light, humidity, warmth, and a soil-based potting medium.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H2, 21, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m

  • Width

    3'-10' / 0.9m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Fall, Early Winter

  • Native To

    Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Orange

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Yellow, Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Yellow, Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Yellow, Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Houseplant, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No