Genus: Cabbage palm

Cordyline

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
Cabbage palm (Cordyline)
kor-dih-LYE-nee
Agavaceae
The genus Cordyline is comprised of 15 species of evergreen shrubs and tree-like, woody perennials from Southeast Asia and the Pacific. The larger perennials resemble palm trees. Long, leathery leaves are produced in tufts or rosettes. Flowers are cup-shaped and sweet-smelling, sometimes produced in large terminal panicles. Round white, red, blue, or purple berries follow. Cabbage palms are good as houseplants or grown in a greenhouse. In warmer areas, they can be used as specimen plants, in a border, or in a courtyard garden.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Leathery, lance-shaped leaves. Fragrant flowers.
Care:  In the garden, grow in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Under glass, grow green-leaved species in full light and species with colored foliage in bright filtered or indirect light. Water sparingly in winter.
Propagation: 

In spring, sow seed at 61°F or remove well-rooted suckers.

Problems: 

Cabbage palms are prone to scale insects, spider mites, and mealybugs, while bacterial and fungal spots, bacterial soft rot, and root rot can also occur.  

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Cordyline

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Festival™ Burgundy corydaline
Cordyline hybrida var. JURred 'Festival™ Burgundy'
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Giant dracaena
Cordyline australis 'Purple Tower'