Cabbage Tree - Cordyline Australis

Cabbage Tree Grove

Common name: Cabbage Tree
Scientific name: Cordyline Australis
Height: 13 m 
Sun Tolerance: Full sun
Growth Rate: Medium
Span: 2 m
ABP Index: 2.5 (Aesthetics 2.5, Solidarity 2.5)

The Cordyline Australis is one of the most distinctive trees in the New Zealand landscape, especially on farms. They grow all over the country, but prefer wet, open areas like swamps.
Cabbage trees have lovely scented flowers in early summer, which turn into bluish-white berries that birds love to eat. Growing 38 to 40 ft  high, cabbage trees have long narrow leaves that may be up to a meter long. As the plant gets old, the stems may die but new shoots grow from any part of the trunk. The bark is thick and tough like cork, and a huge fleshy taproot anchors the tree firmly into the ground.

Cabbage Tree in a Garden

Cabbage Tree Fruits
Closeup of the Cabbage Tree Fruit
Cabbage Tree Flowering

Cordyline Australis Seeds

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