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CORDYLINE fruticosa 'Red Sister'

Image of Cordyline fruticosa 'Red Sister'

Holly Chichester

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

CORDYLINE fruticosa 'Red Sister'

Plant Common Name

Good Luck Tree, Hawaiian Ti, Red Sister Ti, Tiplant

General Description

'Red Sister' develops pink, plum, maroon and deep burgundy foliage. Hawaiian ti (pronounced "tee") is a broadleaf evergreen shrub, resembling a short palm that is native to tropical Southeast Asia. Unbranched stems support strap-like leaves. More intense colors are produced in full sun, however this cultivar should not be in intense hot sunlight during the middle of the day. The ti plant is clump forming and sometimes suckering, though not invasive. In temperate regions, it is frequently grown as a houseplant.

Outdoors, ensure Red Sister ti grows in a moist soil and in a partial sun to partial shade location for the best foliage condition. Protect it from reflected heat and light off of sidewalks and asphalt. Humidity give the leaves a fresher, slightly glossy complexion.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 7

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Width

    3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Southeastern Asia, Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia, Australia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White, Purple

  • Fruit Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Pink, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Pink, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Pink, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Pink, Burgundy

  • Bark Color

    Brown

  • 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

    Coarse

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Corky

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Houseplant, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No