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Ti Kouka, Cabbage Tree
Scientific Name: Cordyline australis (G.Forst.) Endl.
Synonym: Dracaena australis
Family: Agavaceae
Ti Kouka, Cabbage Tree (Cordyline  australis) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 5,8-11,14-24
USDA: 8b-11

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 15F (-10C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun or afternoon shade

Origin: New Zealand

Growth Habits: Palm-tree like shrub, or small tree, often much-branched, fast growing to 20 to 30 feet (6-9 m) or more, leaves 20 to 40 inches long (0.5-1 m) 1.6 to 3.6 inches wide (4-9 cm)

Watering Needs: Needs regular water to grow, still relatively drought resistant


There are a number of cultivars available, with leaf colouration ranging from yellow- and red-veined, to deep red.

Young cordyline in 1-gallon pots

Blooming Habits:
Fragrant, white flowers occur in panicles. The globose berries are bluish-white.

Fruiting Habits:

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