Dracaena aletriformis, the large-leaved dragon tree is a shade-seeking tree of the east coast of South Africa from the Eastern Province and KwaZulu-Natal, as well as the Lowveld areas of Mpumalanga and Limpopo (SA Tree List No. 30.9).
The large, strap-like leathery leaves are shiny and fleshy. They have notable whitish cartilaginous margins. The leaves spread and droop.
The flowers are white to yellowish green, sweetly scented, borne in large, erect panicles.
D. aletriformis grows easily from fresh seed, especially in the shade of established trees in areas free from frost. It has become a popular garden plant. How to go about establishing it in the garden is explained in the SANBI website where instructions for growing many South African plants are given (Coates Palgrave, 2002; www.plantzafrica.com).