hybrid cabbage trees
new hybrids, selected for their bolder colours and resistance to
common cabbage tree ailments.
Spring 2003 will see the introduction of three new hybrids
of the New Zealand cabbage tree, Cordyline australis.
These hybrids were selected
for their bolder colours and resistance to common cabbage tree ailments.
The are happy in both sun or shade, planted in the garden, or in
pots and containers.
'Peko' An attractive new hybrid with striking rich
lime-green leaves. Each leaf has a bright pink stripe at its
base where it joins the trunk.
'Red Star' A new variety with dark purple/red strappy,
flax-like foliage. It looks like a cross between Cordyline
'Purple Towers' and Cordyline 'Red Fountain'. The deep velvet
red leaves have a tropical look about them, which adds to their
all year round appeal.
'Sun Dance' This hybrid's main feature is its stunning
multi-coloured red and green striped leaves. It has a very
tight and compact habit and its tropical palm like foliage can be
used to soften the hard edges in the garden.
Once planted in either
pots or in the garden you can expect this plant to triple in size
over the next two to three years. The cordylines
released this spring are approximately 18 months to 2 years old.
As they mature they will develop a bare trunk up to 3 metres tall
and 60 centimetres in diameter.
An annual application
of general garden fertiliser and an application of bark mulch is
recommended to maintain plant health. In areas which have heavy
frosts, tie up the leaves in winter when plants are young.