Cordyline australis

Cabbage palm

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen tree

Flower colour



Dramatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

A good ingredient for a jungly sub-tropical garden or red border, the cabbage palm is a striking foliage plant with its long, thin, arching, purple leaves. It is usually grown in a large container, making a good contrast with the tall yellow Lilium 'Citronella', though it can also be used as summer bedding around the likes of a taller, flamboyant clump of cannas. Since it isn't totally hardy, it must be kept in a frost-free place over winter. If being grown outside permanently, it needs a sheltered hot spot, and the leaves will have to be covered over winter.

Genus: Cordyline

Species: australis

Plant type: Evergreen tree

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 500cm

Spread: 400cm

Reader reviews


Could you please tell me what to do with 6 new shoots that have appeared at the base of my cordyline. I did read that they could be pruned and propogated, how do I prune them? Would really appreciate an answer.



i have a cordyline australis in my south facing garden and i have had it for about 18 years this winter 2010/2011 it seems to have died. the bark is still good its just the top where it has split into two the very tips look dead and it has no leaves please can some one tell me weather to pull it up or will it grow again


I am lokking for a dot plant to go in my front border ones that i can leave in the ground all year round

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