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Commonly known as Cabbage palm, 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.
EvergreenShrubs or tree-like, woody-stemmed perennials, large ones resembling palms.
Will grow outside in milder locationsThis could include plants which would survive happily in a greenhouse or conservatory if not in a mild location. If you have a sheltered spot in your garden then it may do well here.Loamless or loambased potting full light for green species - bright filtered light for coloured foliage
Additional FeaturesPests & DiseasesUnder glass - scale insects, red spider mite.Place of originSoutheastern Asia and the Pacific, including Australasia.Resistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Garden Location/ConditionsPatio / pot plants
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)
Soil ConditionsFertile well drained soil
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
purple foliage with greenish red central veining of leaves