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Cordyline fruticosa (Tiplant)

Cabbage Tree, Ti, Tiplant, Ti Plant, Ki, Hawaiian Good Luck Plant, Convallaria fruticosa, Cordyline terminalis, Dracaena terminalis


Popular as a houseplant for its multicolored leaves, Cordyline fruticosa (Tiplant) is an evergreen shrub or small tree with lance-shaped leaves, up to 30 in. long (75 cm), that are bright pink to the deepest burgundy, green and cream. The leaves are spirally arranged into a fanlike shape at the stem tips. It produces panicles of scented, small flowers in summer, which are followed by red berries. Long-lived, mature plants lose their lower leaves. Adding drama year-round with its bold colors and tropical look, Tiplant introduces substance to the garden or the home. Believed to bring good luck, Tiplant is widely cultivated in Hawaiian gardens as a result of its strikingly colorful foliage, which is also used as food wrappers in Hawaiian cooking. Performing well in warm and humid, frost-free climates, it is usually grown as a houseplant in temperate climates.

  • Grows up to 9-15 ft. tall (270-450 cm) and 3-8 ft. wide (90-240 cm).
  • Easily grown in organic, fertilemoist, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Needs consistently moist soils from spring to fall, but reduced watering from fall to late winter. Maintain a regular watering schedule that allows the plant to dry out slightly between waterings. Consistent fertilizing (4-6 times per year) will maintain the striking leaf colors.
  • Great for beds and borders or Mediterranean gardens. Ideal as an accent plant in sunny borders or in decorative containers.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for aphids, scale, spider mites and mealybugs.
  • Propagate by dividing clumps and rhizomes, or from cut stems called 'logs'.
  • Native of tropical Southeast Asia, eastern Australia and some Pacific islands including Hawaii.

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Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 12
Heat Zones 7 – 11
Climate Zones 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Cordyline
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 9' – 15' (270cm – 4.5m)
Spread 3' – 8' (90cm – 240cm)
Spacing 84" – 96" (210cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 12
Heat Zones 7 – 11
Climate Zones 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Cordyline
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 9' – 15' (270cm – 4.5m)
Spread 3' – 8' (90cm – 240cm)
Spacing 84" – 96" (210cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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