Cabbage Palm, Cabbage Tree
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Cordylines - or Cabbage Palms - are large perennials that resemble palm trees and are grown in warmer climates as specimen plants in borders or courtyard gardens. When young, they can be grown indoors as a houseplant. Also known as Cabbage Trees, their leaves are long and leathery and grow in tufts or rosettes. Their unusual and sweetly scented cup-shaped flowers are borne on large stems above the foliage and are followed by small white, red, blue or purple berries. Cordyline is a genus of around 20 species of evergreen shrubs and tree-like, woody, flowering plants that can give architectural interest and a tropical feel to just about any garden. They are reasonably easy to grow and are tolerant of some shade and most soil types. Cordyline australis is popular in southern parts of the UK where it is often warm enough to grow Cabbage Palms outdoors.
Generally not harvested.
Remove well rooted suckers in spring.
Sow seeds in spring.
Under glass, grow green-leaved species in full light and species with colored foliage in bright filtered or indirect light. Water sparingly in winter.
Use pots sized according to the species. Plant in well-drained potting mix, but keep the mix moist.
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Loam, Chalk, Clay, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral