How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Dracaena, Corn plant, Dragon tree, Ti tree—Cordyline, Dracaena spp.*
Family Agavaceae (Agave family)

Plant Identification

Dracaenas are evergreen palmlike trees and shrubs.  Leaves are ribbonlike or swordshaped, sometimes with white or yellowish-green stripes.  Flowers form in clusters on many varieties and may be white, lavender, or red. 

*Some species are invasive weeds. Other types of plants may be better choices when planting.

Optimum conditions for growth

Dracaenas make good houseplants or are found near pools, on patios, or in landscapes.  Indoors, plants prefer bright indirect light but can tolerate low light.  Outdoor conditions vary, but most species do well with full sun or part shade.  Provide moderate to regular amounts of water.  Indoor plants rarely bloom.

Leaves of Cordyline
Leaves of Cordyline australis

Pests and disorders of Cordyline,



Environmental disorders



Cabbage tree, Cordyline spp.
The Cabbage tree, Cordyline australis

Statewide IPM Program, Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California
All contents copyright © 2017 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

For noncommercial purposes only, any Web site may link directly to this page. FOR ALL OTHER USES or more information, read Legal Notices. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual solutions to specific pest problems. See our Home page, or in the U.S., contact your local Cooperative Extension office for assistance.

Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California

Accessibility   Contact webmaster.