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Cordyline australis ‘Red Star’

Cabbage tree

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Features

  • BloomsJune to July
  • Height2m
  • Growth HabitOval palm-like
  • Flower ColourWhite shades
  • Leaf ColourRed, bronze
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Cordyline australis ‘Red Star’ (Cabbage tree). A slow-growing, palm-like tree native to New Zealand. Has pale green, lance-shaped to linear leaves. Bears profuse creamy white, sweetly-scented flowers.

Characteristics

Perennial, Semi-evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

New Zealand

Interest and use

Hedging with bold leaves. Summer interest. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilLight, Medium, Sandy
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are half hardy to frost tender, min 5C. You will need to provide fertile, well drained soil with full light or partial shade.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds, offsets or suckers in the spring or by stem cuttings in the summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Red spider mite and scale insects may be a nuisance.

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