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Cordyline australis (Cordyline, Cabbage, Palm)

Type Tree, Grass, Evergreen
Form Spiky Foliage / Spiky Upright Form, Architectural Form
Size Small Tree (1.5 to 3m height)
Colours Dark green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Frost hardy, Drought Tolerant, Seaside Friendly
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Cordyline australis - Cultivation Notes

Plant in spring in any fertile moist yet well drained soil. Cordyline will tolerate shade but avoid planting in hot dry or cold exposed areas. Protect in cold areas by tying up leaves.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Cordyline australis:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • Ornamental winter bark / tracery
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Suitable for exposed coastal planting
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Weaknesses of Cordyline australis

  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers

Design & Plant Use for Cordyline australis:

  • Evergreen plant with attractive foliage for winter interest
  • Ornamental grass for summer long foliage interest
  • Architectural plant with dramatic foliage suitable for hot dry spot
  • Added winter interest from attractive bark or stems
  • Ornamental grass ideal for drift planting in a sunny spot

View all the plants listed in Genus Cordyline

View other types of grasses with dark green foliage

Common Missspellings: Cordiline, Cordeline, Coredeline, Cordaline

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