Easy to grow and care for and a stunning architectural plants that can be grown as a houseplant in the home or outside as a statement in the garden! Not growing as big in Australia as it does in its natural environment, it is a small evergreen tree with several stout branches arising from a single trunk. Leaves long, sword-shaped, in dense clusters at the branch tips. Large panicles of small, fragrant cream flowers that birds adore!

From Wikepedia:
Cordyline australis, commonly known as the cabbage tree, t’k’uka or cabbage-palm,[3] is a widely branched monocot tree endemic to New Zealand.

It grows up to 20 metres (66 feet) tall [4] with a stout trunk and sword-like leaves, which are clustered at the tips of the branches and can be up to 1 metre (3 feet 3 inches) long. With its tall, straight trunk and dense, rounded heads, it is a characteristic feature of the New Zealand landscape. Its fruit is a favourite food source for the kerer and other native birds. It is common over a wide latitudinal range from the far north of the North Island to the south of the South Island. Absent from much of Fiordland, it was probably introduced by M’ori to the Chatham Islands at 44° 00S and to Stewart Island / Rakiura at 46° 50S.[5] It grows in a broad range of habitats, including forest margins, river banks and open places, and is abundant near swamps.[4] The largest known tree with a single trunk is growing at Pakawau, Golden Bay / Mohua. It is estimated to be 400 or 500 years old and stands 17 metres (56 feet) tall with a circumference of 9 metres (30 feet) at the base.[6]

Known to Mori as t? kuka,[7] the tree was used as a source of food, particularly in the South Island, where it was cultivated in areas where other crops would not grow. It provided durable fibre for textiles, anchor ropes, fishing lines, baskets, waterproof rain capes and cloaks, and sandals. Hardy and fast growing, it is widely planted in New Zealand gardens, parks and streets, and numerous cultivars are available. The tree can also be found in large numbers in island restoration projects such as Tiritiri Matangi Island,[8] where it was among the first seedling trees to be planted.[9]

It is also grown as an ornamental tree in higher latitude Northern Hemisphere countries with maritime climates, including parts of the upper West Coast of the United States, Canada and the British Isles, where its common names include Torbay palm[10][11] and Torquay palm.[12] It does not do well in hot tropical climates like the Caribbean, Queensland, Southeast Asia or Florida.

Seed counts are approximate.

Grow Notes
Cold tolerant and drought tolerant. Suited for use as an indoor potted plant, garden specimen, or used in landscaping.

Plant in a sunny position in light to medium soil.

Sow seed 3mm seep in Spring or Autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year.
Gently water to avoid seed disturbance and place in a warm, shaded or semi-shaded position to avoid dying out. Keep soil moist, not wet and warm.

21-28 days if conditions are right, but they may take up to 90 days or longer depending on the conditions so don’t discard seed.

Perennial, evergreen.

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Seed Count: 25

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