Dracaena Palm

Cordyline australis

cordyline australis (Cabbage Palm) - full view

Full view

cordyline australis (Cabbage Palm) - flower & leaf

Foliage detail

cordyline australis (Cabbage Palm) - leaf

Foliage detail

  • Size:

    Height 20-30'; Spread 6-12'

  • Growth:

    Slow

  • Character:

    Evergreen; bushy form, dense and round headed to spreading canopy.

  • Foliage:

    Dark green, compound leaves with glossy, oval leaflets.

  • Flower:

    Long branching clusters of 1/4" fragrant white flowers

  • Fruit:

    Female trees produce brown pods, 4-12" long in the summer only in the warmest neighborhoods. 

  • Bark:

    Light gray bark. 

  • Watering:

    In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).

  • Tree Care:

    Moderate. Annual pruning to establish main leader and balance scaffold branches. Maintain open canopy and prune suckers.

  • Tolerance:

    Sandy soil. 

  • Special Considerations:

    Can develop root rot if over watered.

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to New Zealand and Australia. Not a true palm.