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Forest Cabbage Tree

Cordyline banksii

Also known as

Ti Ngahere

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Cordyline banksii. The unique broad-leafed form that only grows in the mountains ringing the Kauaeranga Valley at the base of North Island's Coromandel Peninsula.
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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.

Common problems with Forest Cabbage Tree

How to propagate Forest Cabbage Tree



Remove and plant well rooted suckers in spring.


Special features of Forest Cabbage Tree

Attractive flowers

Attractive fruits

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Forest Cabbage Tree

Grown for their foliage, and some have decorative flowers. Indoor and patio. Suitable for coastal conditions.