Cordyline australis 'Red Star'
Common Name: Cabbage Tree
Cultivar: 'Red Star'
Category: Non Hardy Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Suitable for growing in containers, A good architectural plant
|Hardiness: Half-Hardy||Height: 7.00 m (700 cm)|
|Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shade||Spread: 3.00 m (300 cm)|
|Foliage Type: Evergreen||Flower Colour: White|
|Foliage Colour: Purple, Red||Flowering Period: July & August|
Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained
This popular palm-like tree has arching sword-like deep red leaves retained throughout the year. Mature trees produce dramatic white flower spikes that smell exquisite. It's an ideal focal point plant for a sunny protected border patio or for the exotic garden. In frost-prone areas it's best grown inside a warm greenhouse or conservatory. In time container-grown specimens will need to be replanted in the garden.
Garden Care: In spring when new growth appears and all danger of hard frosts has passed cut back frost-damaged branches to just above the newly formed shoots.