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CORDYLINE 'Black Magic'

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Carol Cloud Bailey



Botanical Name

CORDYLINE 'Black Magic'

Plant Common Name

Black Magic Cordyline, Cordyline

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General Description

The genus Cordyline is made up of about 20 species of lance-leaved shrubby perennials. All are grown for their attractive and colorful foliage and most are native to southeastern Asia, Australia and the Pacific Islands. One species calls South America home.

These tropical plants generally have an upright, tree-like form. The stems are thin, usually un-branched and woody. The long leaves may be sword or lance-shaped and are clustered in rosettes at the ends of upright semi-woody stems. They may be stiff or leathery attached directly to the stem.

Though not usually grown for their flowers, most species produce small blooms held on branched clusters that rise from the ends of the stems. The flowers are often fragrant and cup-shaped. Small, rounded, berry-like fruit in shades of white, red, blue or purple follow.

Many cultivars exist in a wide variety of forms and colors. Popular species include Hawaiian Ti (Cordyline fruticosa) that offers brilliant leaves in shades of magenta, dark green, red, yellow and hot pink and is grown in tropical landscapes worldwide. New Zealand Cabbage Tree (Cordyline australis) has stiff leathery leaves and resembles Dracaena and the recently introduced hybrid Cordyline 'Jurred', also known as Festival Grass, is a clump-former with sword-shaped burgundy-purple foliage.

Culture and hardiness is species dependent, but most Cordyline prefer sunny to partly shady, warm conditions. The soil should be very well drained. They tend to be drought tolerant, but look best with an occasional application of water. Grow these tropical beauties in containers or conservatories where they are not hardy.


  • Plant Type


  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Native To

    South America, Southeastern Asia, Australia, New Zealand

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit


  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest


  • Flower Color

    White, Pink

  • Fruit Color

    White, Red, Blue, Green

  • Fragrant Flowers


  • Fragrant Fruit


  • Fragrant Foliage


  • Bark or Stem Fragrant


  • Flower Petal Number


  • Repeat Bloomer


  • Showy Fruit


  • Edible Fruit


  • Showy Foliage


  • Evergreen


  • Showy Bark


Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Hedges, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns


  • Invasive


  • Self-Sowing