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Commonly known as Dracaena palm, New Zealand cabbage palm

Sorry, but the plant you were looking for isn't available this year. Please try these alternatives.
All make excellent architectural patio or pot plants. Some of the newer and more exotic leaf colours are best suited to the conservatory or greenhouse, at least over winter

Australis, the fast-growing New Zealand cabbage palm was indispensable to the Maoris to whom it was a source of food, textiles, anchor ropes, fishing lines, waterproof clothing and sandals.

It is a very important wildlife plant supporting insects and birds and mammals such as bats use it for shelter.

Genus of about 20 species of evergreen shrubs or tree-like, woody-stemmed perennials, the larger ones resembling palms. They are found on open hillsides and in scrub and open forest in southeastern Asia and the Pacific, including Australasia.

Many of the plants grown as C. australis are probably hybrids with C. indivisa, the Mountain cabbage tree.

Further Reading....

  • Evergreen
  • Height - 1m (3ft)
  • Spread - 1m (3ft)
  • Medium shrub - Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height - clump-forming shrub.
  • Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features - Architectural interest -
  • Good to know - can be used as an alternative to phormium (flax). New variety. Data is still being collated.
  • Pests & Diseases - under glass - scale insects, red spider mites.
  • Place of origin - garden origin. A hybrid cross between C. australis and (probably) banksii.
  • Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • Seasonal Interest - Autumn -
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil -
1m (3ft)
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Watering Can
  1m (3ft)

Buy Varieties of CORDYLINE


CORDYLINE australis  >

Commonly known as: New Zealand cabbage palm.
individually £13.50 each, 3+ £11.00 each
Specimens £37.50 each
to £95.00 each
Collect Only
Collect Only - Unfortunately this plant is too big to be sent by courier
It can only be purchased direct from the nursery.

CORDYLINE australis 'Red Star'

CORDYLINE australis 'Red Star'  >

Commonly known as: Dracaena palm, New Zealand cabbage palm.
Striking bronzy red
Multibuy Any 3+ £12.00 each
£15.00 each
Also Large £55.00 each

CORDYLINE australis 'Southern Splendour'

CORDYLINE australis 'Southern Splendour'  >

Commonly known as: Dracaena palm, New Zealand cabbage palm.
Dark grey-green leaves with bright pink margins. A striking contrast
Multibuy Any 3+ £12.00 each
£15.00 each

CORDYLINE australis 'Sundance'  AWARD

CORDYLINE australis 'Sundance'  >

Commonly known as: Dracaena palm, New Zealand cabbage palm.
Broad green leaves with a distinctive red central vein
Multibuy Any 3+ £12.00 each
£15.00 each

CORDYLINE australis 'Torbay Dazzler'  AWARD

CORDYLINE australis 'Torbay Dazzler'  >

Commonly known as: Dracaena palm, New Zealand cabbage palm.
Cream striped sword-like leaves. Needs a well drained soil in full sun with shelter
Multibuy Any 3+ £12.00 each
£15.00 each

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