Cordyline Australis is a widely branched monocot tree commonly known as the Torbay Palm or Cabbage Tree. Torbay Palm is a popular choice for coastal and urban gardens in the warmer parts of Britain because it gradually sheds the older leaves giving it an exotic palm-like appearance. Young cordylines are often used in bedding and container displays and make good house or conservatory plants. Numerous cultivars are available with attractive foliage in shades of green, bronze, purple. They naturally hybridise among themselves and with related species like Cordyline indivisa. Mature specimens of Cordyline australis will flower in summer and produce white fruit clusters in autumn that are a good food source for birds. The plant though is not very hardy at only H3 so make sure to shelter during the winter time. No pruning is required for this plant. The plant itself is prone to certain diseases and pests so keep an eye out for this. The maximum 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
English Name: New Zealand cabbage palm, New Zealand Cabbage Tree
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Flower: White-Cream (With blue and white fruit)
Flowering Period: Summer
Suggested Location: Outdoor.
Suggested Soil Type: Well-drained. Sand, Chalk, Loam
Suggested Exposure to Sunlight: Full Sun or Partial Shade
Suggested Exposure to Weather: Sheltered or Exposed
Hardiness Rating: Low (H3)
Lowest Temperature Tolerance: -15 °C to 10 °C (5 °F to 14 °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: No pruning required
Suggested planting locations and garden types: Flower borders and beds Architectural City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden Mediterranean Climate Plants
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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