Dracophyllum is a strange genus in the heath family. Even though they are dicotyledonous plants, many species strongly resemble monocots such as Dracaena or Cordyline. D. traversii is one of the most exciting species in the genus. It grows into a sparsely branched tree to about 10 m (33 ft.) tall, with several palmlike crowns of long, recurved, straplike leaves. Leaf color varies from green to purplish red. It is found above 750 m (2500 ft.) in the North Island of New Zealand as well as in the top half of the South Island in montane to subalpine forest and scrubland. D. traversii prefers cool temperate climates and is hardy to considerable freezes. The very small seeds need cold stratification around 4°C (40°F) after sowing for about 3 months. Germination is best achieved in cool conditions but may still be erratic and lengthy.