Cabbage Tree (Cordyline australis)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 16 to 65 feet (5 to 20 m)
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Narrow, sword-shaped, light green to dark green in color, to 3 feet in length and 1 to 2.5 inches wide.
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: 1/4 inch white berries.
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Shade Tree
Flowering Tree
Medicinal Herb
Edible Parts: Stem
Eating Methods: Cooked
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Fire Resistant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: 6-8 weeks
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

A full grown tree

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Identify spike plant and why are spikes turning black by Yodelayheewho Nov 11, 2020 3:31 PM 2
Time to post variegated, gold, purple, spotted all colors of the rainbow foliage by bumplbea Oct 25, 2020 7:59 AM 249
What type of plant is this and how much light? by merepere May 25, 2020 4:00 AM 6
Yucca? And is it dying? by 0amyte Mar 21, 2020 2:53 AM 2
Grass like plant is? by bec2854 Sep 19, 2019 3:35 AM 8
Dracaena or Yucca by yowie Sep 15, 2019 1:02 PM 2
Identified! Dracaena marginata by LadyChilli Sep 27, 2019 9:59 AM 11
Cordyline Australis Seeds by Lauren998 Aug 22, 2019 12:00 AM 2
companion plants for Coral Bells by beatrice1212 May 30, 2019 8:39 PM 6
Cordyline Red Star by Iluvtobake Mar 28, 2019 7:47 AM 4

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