Cordyline australis (Cabbage Palm)
Cordyline australis ‘Red Star’
Cordyline Sunrise Pink
Cordyline ‘Cabbage Tree’
They are of widely varying sizes, most with lanceolate leaves fanning outward radially and bearing clusters of tiny
flowers. The ‘Cabbage Tree’ and its variants are perhaps the most well-known and also the most popular species.
Cordyline species are fairly diverse in both size and appearance. Many Cordyline are a good choice for borders and for
accents, they are used to set off brightly-coloured flowers, and they make artistic elements in a rock garden. They can be
placed in the corners of your patio, and they can just as well be placed in the corners of your drawing room.
Although Cordyline comprises of 20-plus species and several hybrids and cultivars, the well-known and popular ones
number six or seven, on which our write-up focusses.
Cordyline are evergreen perennials and many of them resemble miniature palm trees. The leaves tend to be lance-
shaped and pointed, radiating outward, and growing in tiers on the central stem. They are among the most distinctive and
striking of all leaves. While many are some shade of deep green, other species’ and cultivars’ foliage has eye-catching
hues. Young leaves of some species are hot pink, others are bordered and striped with yellow and rose, still others are a
But Cordyline is not only about its attractive foliage: in summer, most species bear panicles or other sprays of small white
or light-coloured flowers. Come autumn, the panicles and sprays transform into tassels of small berries, usually red and
Because Cordylines are perennials and, once planted in conditions to their liking, require very little care, they are an
excellent choice for the casual gardener or the under-pressure housewife who wants to plant once, especially outdoors,
and then leave his little beauties to their own devices