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Dracaena Species, Gold Dust Dracaena, Japanese Bamboo, Spotted Dracaena

Dracaena surculosa

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Dracaena (dra-SEE-nah) (Info)
Species: surculosa (sur-ku-LO-sa) (Info)
Synonym:Draco surculosa
Synonym:Pleomele surculosa


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade


Grown for foliage

Good Fall Color



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Fall/Early Winter

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Gilbert, Arizona

Los Angeles, California

Solvang, California

Bartow, Florida

Big Pine Key, Florida

Lecanto, Florida

Saint Cloud, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Kurtistown, Hawaii

Southold, New York

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 27, 2013, SwimmingJewel from Southold, NY (Zone 7b) wrote:

If you want to see it grow faster, try repotting it regularly, at least once every 2 years using high quality potting soil and a pot that will give the rootball at least 2" additional room all the way around and under. I pot mine up into pots even bigger than that. And I add a few scoops of Osmocote into the top layer of soil. It grows as much as the room you give it. So if it's growing slow...it's run out of room and soil to grow.


On Aug 3, 2012, ILoveCleanAir from Los Angeles, CA wrote:

I'm not sure if the plant I have is a Gold Dust Dracaena or not. I bought it yesterday on sale at Home Depot in a 6" pot on clearance for $3.33. I will upload a photo when I get home and hope that I can figure out what kind of plant I bought!


On Sep 11, 2010, jskyieeyes3 from Saint Cloud, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

picked this cutie up at home depot in a 3in pot. have had it for over a year. it grows pretty slow, but the foliage is pretty. i enjoy all varieties of dracaenas, so when i came across the florida beauty, i had to pick it up. very little maintenance for this plant. i fertilize with milorganite every 3 months during the growing season, and water once a week. enjoys the partial shade on the back porch! =)


On May 2, 2010, Jamie_Anderson from Wellington,
New Zealand wrote:

I've recently harvested some fruit from this plant... Does anyone know how to grow it from seed. Is it possible?


On Apr 27, 2010, daringdon from Gilbert, AZ wrote:

Well, I see that most of you say the plant only gets to about 3 ft tall. Mine's about 5 ft tall, and I've trimmed it a couple times...It has flowered several times, and this year it has berries for the first time. I've had it for about 14-15 years.


On Jan 22, 2009, wormfood from Lecanto, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Mine's growing out side in a shade house and got flowers this fall, late summer. But no berries. Maybe next year I'll let in some butterflies.


On Feb 3, 2006, katt41 from Michigan City, IN wrote:

I just found this one growing in 3" pots at my local Jewel grocery store here in NW Indiana. They're about 8 inches, looks like they came from cuttings. I love them and hope they get as beautiful as those pictures from CA!


On Jul 23, 2005, StarGazey26 from (Zone 10a) wrote:

This plant has been a great house plant! I fertalize him once a month, and he does great, he gets a little morning sun, which is alright with him! They only get about 3 feet tall, and are very slow, but are pretty.. Kind of hard to find, have only seen them in 5 gallons at my local home depot. They only carry them once in a while, and they run about 42 dollars for a nice 5 gallon. Its worth the money, you'll have this plant for years!