CORDYLINE AUSTRALIS - CABBAGE TREE
An icon of the New Zealand Landscape, it can be seen growing almost the length of the country. It has long sharp green leaves with a highly scented white flower and thick cork like bark. The head of the plant may fork with age creating multiple branches. Cabbage trees will grow in a range of soil type, being happy in a sheltered backyard or a coastal environment making it a very versatile tree for a wide range of planting applications.
Beyond the norm
Cordyline will generally branch as a result of flowering or damage to the growing tip. You can stimulate branching by removing the growing tips; this allows you to shape and contain the size of the tree.
15 year height
Damp to dry conditions
Full sun to semi-shade
Tall trunk with leafy round head
White berry, attracts birds
New Zealand native