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Dragon Tree Hunt
updated: Feb 19, 2014, 8:35 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Dragon Tree hunt is on! Edhatters are being asked to submit the location of the largest Dragon Tree (Dracaena draco) in the area so that a records committee can establish which one is the largest. Please help!

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 COMMENT 496016 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-19 08:55 AM

The Zoo has a beautiful one!!! Not sure if it is the largest in S.B., but it is a gorgeous specimen.

 

 COMMENT 496021 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-19 09:17 AM

It may be the one at Casa Del Herrero on East Valley Rd in Montecito.

 

 COMMENT 496025 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-19 09:22 AM

Check St. Mary's, between the SB Mission and the Mission Creek, I'm betting that's the biggest. Make sure you give us the answer!

 

 COMMENT 496027 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-19 09:22 AM

The ones at the Mission are pretty big, and they all have flattened trunks from being hit by cars in the parking lot.

 

 COMMENT 496030 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-19 09:24 AM

Very nice ones at Lotusland.

 

 COMMENT 496037P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-19 09:38 AM

Isn't there one at Alameda Park?

 

 SBSWEETPEA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-19 10:15 AM

I also think Casa del Herrero.

 

 COMMENT 496060 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-19 10:41 AM

Lotusland'd

 

 COMMENT 496171P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-19 04:10 PM

I haven't seen Lotusland, but I would say the zoo or Alameda Park.

 

 COMMENT 496198 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-19 05:30 PM

There's a video on YouTube of the S. Mary's tree. Search dragon tree most perfect. It's a beast!

 

 COMMENT 496224 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-19 07:14 PM

We had one down the street from us (off salinas) that a large local gardening company worked for two weeks to dig up and move. 12'x12' box base that they built around it. They put in so much manpower and machinery- it must have been an awesome specimen. It literally bounced the entire way on a flat semi to carp. It's max was 7mph. It was from around 1960ish is what the neighbors said. It was a lot of fun to watch it come out of the ground and move.

 

 COMMENT 496254 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-19 09:12 PM

40 ft speciman at zoo..wonder who was the first to introduced. .what's the biggest one in the world?

 

 COMMENT 496261P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-19 10:24 PM

The one at W. Alameda Park. Near Micheltorena and SB St.

 

 COMMENT 496314 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-20 08:07 AM

It is definitely at Casa del Herrero in Montecito. Go for a tour there, it's wonderful, 565-5653 for reservations.

 

 COMMENT 496381P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-20 10:04 AM

First block of east Arrellaga St.between state and anacapa.

 

 MONTHISTORY agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-20 12:08 PM

El Mirador has the largest Dracena draco I have ever encountered.

 

 MONTHISTORY agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-20 12:10 PM

Make that Dracaena draco

 

 COMMENT 496684 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-21 06:21 AM

I second El Mirador on Cold Spring

 

 BONNER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-21 08:23 AM

I have a good size one in our rental, planted 26+ yrs ago and a baby that's 5 yrs old where I currently live, love them!

 

 COMMENT 496721 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-21 08:31 AM

1st block of west Valerio next to the pancake place.

 

 PLANTMAN agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-11 08:47 AM

The original February 19th Edhat post "Dragon Tree Hunt" came from a member of a local horticultural committee investigating the location and history of Dragon Trees (Dracaena draco) in Santa Barbara. This committee includes landscape architects, nurserymen, arborists, botanists and botanic garden staff.

Several of the trees mentioned by Edhat posters have since been measured and, while there are a couple large ones still to go, the new champion Dragon Tree is the one at the Mount Calvary Monastery behind the Santa Barbara Mission (formerly called St. Mary's Retreat House). Another spectacular large dragon tree that we measured is at the El Mirador Estate in Montecito and while taller, it did not have as large of a trunk circumference or canopy width so scored lower in the California Big Tree points formula. The tree on the Soto il Monte estate is also in contention and will be measured soon, as will the large one at the Santa Barbara Zoo.

For more information and updates on our findings, see the page "Quest to Find the Biggest Dragon Trees (Dracaena draco), in Santa Barbara, California" at http://bit.ly/SMG_DragonTrees.

We want to thank all Edhat contributors for answering this call.

 

 COMMENT 501836 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-11 11:28 AM

Thanks for the update! Funny I was just thinking about it today and wondering if the results were in. My money stays on the St. Mary's tree, it really is magnificent. Don't let Jeff take credit for discovering it.....just kidding!

 

 PLANTMAN agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-28 01:05 PM

On April 22, 2014 our dragon tree quest group measured the dragon tree at Sotto il Monte (also called La Toscana). At 43 feet 6 inches this stunning specimen is taller by 4.5 feet than the Mount Calvary Monastery dragon tree and 2.5 feet taller than the one at the El Mirador Estate, which previously was the tallest dragon tree we had measured. The height of this Soto il Monte tree with its incredible bole (base to first branching) allows this tree to reach well above the large 2 story George Washington Smith designed house before branching. It has a slightly narrower trunk and crown width than the Mount Calvary Monastery tree so combining all of these factors using the California Big Tree formula, these two trees are in a statistical tie as the National Co-champion dragon trees – see http://bit.ly/SMG_DragonTrees for details and pictures.

 

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