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Cordyline australis ‘Red Star’ (Cabbage Tree)

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Showy and vigorous, Cordyline australis ‘Red Star’ (Cabbage Palm) is a palm-like, sub-tropical tree with arching, sword-like, dark burgundy leaves. Adding drama year-round with its bold color and tropical look, this beautiful palm introduces substance to the garden. It produces impressive panicles of small, sweetly scented white flowers in late spring to early summer, on mature plants. Often seen as a specimen gracing a terrace or deck, it is also well-suited to both traditional and contemporary planting schemes.

  • Adds architectural height to the garden and grows with an upright habit up to 10-20 ft. tall (3-6 m) and 5-10 ft. wide (150-300 cm). Will branch to produce several heads over time.
  • Easily grown in fertile, moist, well-drained soils in full sun to light shade. Provide a sheltered site. Tolerates a wide range of soils from wet to dry ones. Salt and drought tolerant. Though frost hardy, young Cordyline australis plants are more prone to cold damage. Tie the leaves loosely into a bunch to protect the vulnerable tip.
  • Deer resistant
  • Great for beds and borders, city gardens, coastal gardens, gravel gardens or Mediterranean gardens. Ideal as an accent plant in sunny borders or in decorative containers.
  • Virtually disease free. Watch for mealybug, scale and spider mites.
  • Propagate by seed or suckers.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.
  • Cordyline australis is endemic to New Zealand.

Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Heat Zones 10 - 11
Climate Zones 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Asparagaceae
Genus Cordyline
Common names Cabbage-Palm
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 10' - 20'
(3m - 6.1m)
Spread 5' - 10'
(150cm - 3m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Mediterranean Garden
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Cordyline australis ‘Red Sensation’ (Cabbage Tree)
Cordyline fruticosa (Ti Plant)

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Heat Zones 10 - 11
Climate Zones 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Asparagaceae
Genus Cordyline
Common names Cabbage-Palm
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 10' - 20'
(3m - 6.1m)
Spread 5' - 10'
(150cm - 3m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Mediterranean Garden
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