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After years of drought, recent rainfall has resulted in heavy growth in the tree's canopy. We believe the roots were unable to support the rapid increase in weight nd failed, causing the tree to fall over on Friday 2 may.
Botanic trust arborists are doing all they can to save the tree, and believe it has 40-60% chance of survival.
The Dragon's Blood Tree Dracaena draco is succulent, very hrdy and drought tolerant. In the wild, it can live upto 650 years and reaches heights od around 10-12 meters-growing about one metre every ten years. The common name refers to the red-brown resin secreted by the tree when the bark or leaves are cut.
This tree is over 100 years old. a native of the canary islands, Spain, it was planted during the Directorship of Joseph Maiden (1896-1924).

*** The information has been taken from the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney.

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