This plant has a mild fragrance
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Forest Cabbage Tree Overview
Cordyline banksii is a large, erect, single or multi-stemmed perennial, native to New Zealand. An evergreen, it has few branches and its long, leathery, mid-green to yellow leaves can be up to a metre long. They grow from the crown and arch from the broadest part of the leaf in the mid-section. Its scented white flowers, which appear on long pyramid-shaped panicles in summer, are followed by white or blue fruit. Cordyline banksii - sometimes known as Forest Cabbage Tree - is happy growing in most soils and it likes full sun or partial shade. Happy in a wide range of habitats, it is useful for planting on slopes but can be used as a specimen plant too, and is seen in tropical gardens. It withstands windy and rainy weather well - so is a popular coastal plant - and although it is fairly frost hardy, it is best to bring it indoors in cold winters.
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How to propagate Forest Cabbage Tree
Remove and plant well rooted suckers in spring.
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Other uses of Forest Cabbage Tree
Grown for their foliage, and some have decorative flowers. Indoor and patio. Suitable for coastal conditions.