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Commonly known as Blue dracaena, Dracaena palm
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.
EvergreenBroad, sword-shaped leaves, broader than australis, 1-2m (3-6ft) long with red veins above and blue-white beneath.
TreeThick stemmed, with a few branches at the top when mature. Cream flowers in dense panicles to 1.6m (5.5ft) long followed by bluish berries.
Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winterHardy 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)
Additional FeaturesArchitectural interestPests & DiseasesUnder glass - scale insects, red spider mites.Place of originNew Zealand.Resistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)
Soil ConditionsFertile well drained soil
- Growing Cordyline australis
- Winter Damage
- Winter Damage - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Pruning Cordyline australis
- How to plant a tree - Video Tip ondemand_video
- How to plant a tree
- Ties - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Restaking fallen young trees - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Fallen old tree - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Clearing up fallen beech tree - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Spring pruning - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing side shoots - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Pruning and Shaping Magnolia - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Deer protection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Weed Spraying - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing Ivy - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing wire protection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Tree Survey - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Crown uplift - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing shoots below graft - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing peeling bark - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Maintaining variegation - Video Tip ondemand_video
Buy Varieties of CORDYLINE
striking bronzy red
dark grey-green leaves with bright pink margins. A striking contrast
cream striped sword-like leaves. Needs a well drained soil in full sun with shelter