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Cordyline australis/New Zealand Cabbage Palm

Cordyline australis / Cordyline australis
Typical rosette of foliage
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Typical rosette of foliage

Young plant as an accent in this planting

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Scientific Name: Cordyline australis
Common Name: New Zealand Cabbage Palm
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: White
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: Is a good selection for a container plant, particularly where winter temperatures drop into the teens. It will survive in zone 7, where it can sprout from the roots after top is killed. Heavily mulch outdoor plants where temperatures drop into the teens. Produces rosette of foliage growing from a thickened trunk. The cluster of foliage might resemble a tuff of stiff ornamental grass, a yucca, or a hardy dracaena. Becoming a popular accent plant growing in large decorative garden pots and other containers. Periodic grooming is required to remove brown foliage around the base of new foliage.