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CORDYLINE australis 'Sundance'

Image of Cordyline australis 'Sundance'

John Rickard

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

CORDYLINE australis 'Sundance'

Plant Common Name

Cabbage Tree, Cordyline, Dracaena, Sundance Cordyline

General Description

A New Zealand native, cabbage tree is a fast growing woody evergreen with long sword-shaped leaves. The cultivar 'Sundance' has green leaves with pink midribs and bases. The upper leaves are erect or arching; the lower leaves droop. Although it can form a small palm-like tree, it is often grown as a shrub or container plant. Large panicles of small fragrant white flowers appear on mature plants in late spring and summer, followed by small white blue-tinged fruits.

Cordyline thrives in deep, well-drained soil in full sun, and will tolerate alkaline soils. Grow as a single-stemmed plant or prune hard when young to force branching. Use it as an accent to provide a tropical effect.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 10

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    10'-30' / 3.0m - 9.1m

  • Width

    3'-12' / 0.9m - 3.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    New Zealand

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    White, Blue

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Pink, Crimson, Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Platy

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No