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Cordyline australis ‘Red Star’

Cordyline australis ‘Red Star’ is a subtropical, monocot tree from the Asparagaceae family of plants. They also call it the Cabbage Tree ‘Red Star’, Cabbage Palm ‘Red Star’, New Zealand Cabbage Palm ‘Red Star’, New Zealand Dragon Plant ‘Red Star’, Palm Lily ‘Red Star’, Red Grass Palm, or locally tī kōuka. It is native to New Zealand.

Cordyline australis 'Red Star'
Cordyline australis ‘Red Star’

Cordyline australis ‘Red Star’ can grow up to 6m or 10ft tall. It has a branching habit and is palm-like. The arching, red leaves are attractive and sword-like. Small flowers grow in panicles. They are sweetly scented and white. Cordyline australis ‘Red Star’ flowers in spring and summer.

How to grow Cordyline australis ‘Red Star’:

Grow Cordyline australis ‘Red Star’ in the sun or light shade. Plant it in fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Use any type of soil. It is salt and drought-tolerant. Propagate by seed or offsets. They are frost-hardy but could still be damaged by the cold. Cordyline australis ‘Red Star’ is deer-resistant, disease-free, but watch out for mealybugs, spider mites, and scale.

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