Our iconic native Cabbage Tree has a tropical and exotic air which has ensured its continued popularity in modern landscape design. If you have ever travelled to Europe or the UK you will be aware that gardeners there just can';t get enough of our Cordylines and they are literally "as common as muck" though that does not mean they should be under-rated in any way. The long strapy pointed foliage comes in shades of rich green right through to deep purple with a few "variegations" along the way. The sweetly scented flowers are always cream and produced in drooping panicles from about November to December.
The common name of Cabbage Tree came about because the tender young shoots from the heart of the tree were used by NZ';s early settlers as a food source. Can';t say I';ll be trying them anytime soon as I have a hard enough job with plain everyday Cabbage. Maori also valued the stems and roots of Cordyline kirkii Te Tawhiti as a source of sugar or sweetener. So you can see that Cabbage trees though considered very "today" have played an important role in our early history.
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As a garden plant they make excellent specimens but add more drama when planted in groups of 3 or more. They are also ideal for container planting. Cordylines are very tolerant of just about any position in the garden, wet or dry, windy or sunny. They regenerate easily if the stem is cut to either reduce height or tidy the plant and are unbelievably forgiving of even the most neglectful gardener.
The falling leaves can be a nuisance - don't be tempted to mow them up - you and your mower will soon regret it. The way to get around this problem is to groom your Cordylines regularly, they will look all the better for it. There is one problem with Cordylines however and it';s the grub or caterpillar produced by a native moth. This little pest loves to munch on the foliage and can make a plant look tatty quite quickly. Regularly check in the centre of your plants and either squash the offender with your fingers or spray with an organic insecticide. If you prefer something systemic chemical sprays can also be used with care.
So if you're looking for something sweet and nutritious that will add form and function to your garden then our native Cabbage tree is definitely the plant for you. Bon apetit!
Native. A most handsome and striking form of our native 'Cabbage Tree'. The green swords of foliage are heavily banded with rich cream blushed with just a little pink. Looks magnificent in a container or group planted for extra impact. Tolerates sun or part shade. Evergreen.
This Cordyline is very popular in Britain and has been awarded a Certificate of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society.
Colour: Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 1.5m
Current Stock Height: 30/40 cm ?
Container: 2.5l ?
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Broadsword is named for it's wide sword like leaves, that are shorter and broader than other cordylines, giving a tropical feel to the landscape. Has multi-stemmed habit and may be used as an accent plant in the garden or container. Ideal for smaller spaces, likes good light and fertile soil. Evergreen
Colour: Cream Habit: Uright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 1.5m
Burgundy Spire sports glossy, deep burgundy long narrow leaves and grows to around 4m in height. It makes an excellent accent along walls, behind mid height plants and as living dividers in the landscape. Looks great in pots. Burgundy Spire's foliage looks great from top to bottom; no unattractive naked ankles. Excellent in trios. Evergreen
Cabbage Tree Hybrid. Clump forming cultivar with fabulous foliage that has a arching habit. The strap like leaves emerge in tones of pink and red maturing to a mix of cream and green. Great for group planting or as a stunning one off container specimen. Hardy and easy to grow. Evergreen.
Colour: Cream / White Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Cordyline Can Can
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This Cordyline has long, upright, slightly arching, pointed leaves of creamy green with a chocolate stripe. It doesn’t develop a bare single stem trunk like alot of other Cordylines and instead tends to develop side shoots that make it denser. Can produce a cream flower. It is compact and clumps. Perennial
Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 0.8m
Native. A compact, broad leafed form which branches from an early age to form a neat, multi-stemmed plant. The foliage is a fresh clear green. As it does not grow taller than 2.5m it is ideal in a small courtyard or as a specimen in a large container. Sun or part shade. Evergreen.
Colour: Cream / White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 1.5m
Cordyline Green Goddess
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Cordyline Green Goddess
Current Stock Height: 40 cm
Container: 5l ?
Cordyline Green Goddess
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Cordyline Jive has been bred in Te Awamutu and has unique variegated foliage. The new leaves emerge a variegated cream and bright green colour. As the plant matures the variegation changes to yellow and dark green. Plant in full sun or part shade. Prefers well drained soil.
Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 1.5m
Cordyline Paso Doble is a stunning new cordyline with variegated foliage. The leaves are coloured burgundy and edged with bright pink. The plant will grow upright and form a small trunk over time. Grow in full sun or part shade in well drained soil. PVR.
Hardy clump forming plant with upright habit with vibrant pink foliage with a grey centre. A beautiful plant that is great for accenting a picturesque garden. Prefers a sunny or partly shaded position in well drained soil. Will tolerate frosts and coastal conditions.
Can be mass planted or specimen in the garden or in a pot. Can be used in a tropical garden plan to bring out the colour of fresh and vibrant.
Colour: Cream Habit: Strappy Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 2m
Native. This form of the New Zealand cabbage tree has a lovely deep purple leaf with a hint of pink in the centre. Makes a dramatic statement in any planting scheme or simply stunning in a container. Tolerant of most conditions and easy to grow. Evergreen. PVR 1894.
Colour: Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m