The Cordyline Australis is a plant that is native to New Zealand and has been used in native Maori medicine for many centuries now. It started to find its home in Europe around the 19th century. The plant itself produces beautiful purple foiliage and starts to grow lovely cream coloured flowers in the summer time. Cordyline Australis Atropurpurea is not fully hardy with it being on the hardiness scale at H3 but more mature specimens usually survive winter outdoors in milder regions or urban areas where temperatures don’t drop below -5 °C. Despite this, it is wise to shelter the plant when the winter time comes. The plant is prone to potential diseases and pests so keep this in mind. The plant does not need pruning. The final height is between 4 m – 8 m (13’12 ft -26 ft) and the final width is between 2.5 m – 4 m (8.2 ft – 13.12 ft)
Latin Name: Cordyline Australis Atropurpurea
English Name: Purple Cabbage Tree
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Flowering Period: Summer
Suggested Location: Outdoor.
Suggested Soil Type: Well-drained, Moist but well-drained. Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Suggested Exposure to Sunlight: Full Sun or Partial Shade
Suggested Exposure to Weather: Sheltered
Hardiness Rating: Low (H3)
Lowest Temperature Tolerance: -10 °C to -5 °C (14 °F to 23 °F)
Growth Habit: Tufted
Pests: Can get scale insects and glasshouse red spider mite under glass
Diseases: May be susceptible to Cordyline slime flux
Cultivation: Grow in well-drained soil in a sheltered position in full sun or partial shade
Propagation: Propagate by seed or suckers
Pruning: Not usually pruned
Suggested planting locations and garden types: Low Maintenance Drought Resistant Architectural Coastal
Final Height: 4 m – 8 m (13.12 ft -26 ft)
Final Sideways Spread: 2.5 m – 4 m (8.2 ft – 13.12 ft)
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