The dragon blood tree, also known as the Socotra dragon tree is one of the most stunningly unique trees on earth. It's an evergreen plant that is native to a single island in the Socotra archipelago off the coast of Yemen and Somalia in the Arabian Sea.
The tree has a distinctive external shape that makes it look like a huge umbrella, as the leaves grow only at the end of branches and point upwards. It can grow to more than 30 feet in height and live for 600 years. It grows in rocky grounds and on high locations, where it preserves water for many years; it is drought-tolerant and can adapt to arid conditions in which there is less water and soil.
This tree not only has a very distinctive appearance but has a very distinctive trait. It bleeds! It releases a red sap, or resin, which is where it got its name Dragons blood. This red sap has medicinal benefits to treat wounds, fight infection and inflammation, treats digestive problems and stop internal bleeding. It is also used for dyeing wool, pottery, clothing, lipsticks and other products.
How to Celebrate Dragon Blood Tree Day
Draw a picture of a Dragon Blood Tree
Dragon Blood Trees are a uniquely rare tree. See if you can draw a dragon blood tree that showcases its traits and share your drawings.
Plant a Dragon Blood Tree
You can actually plant and grow a unique dragon blood tree. Outdoors, dragon's blood is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11, (notes Floridata). It grows indoors in any zone so get some seeds and plant one today!
How Dragon Blood Tree Day Unites People
Dragon Blood Trees are classified as vulnerable to extinction. They need protection and conservation efforts. Dragon Blood Tree Day is a time to unite with other tree lovers and commit to helping save these uniquely epic trees.
The Origins of Dragon Blood Tree Day
Dragon Blood Tree Day was created by Patti Jewel and the HolidaySmart Visionary Team. With a team of tree lovers, they decided that there were not enough days to celebrate Trees. The Epic Tree Holidays began with an epic tree being named each month.