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Cordyline australis 'Torbay Dazzler' (v) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conservatory/Greenhouse or Palm

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H3 (half hardy - unheated greenhouse/mild winter)

Colour

Foliage

Green and White in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

cabbage palm 'Torbay Dazzler'

Family

Asparagaceae


Cordyline are palm-like evergreen shrubs or tree-like perennials, with rosettes or tufts of linear or anrrowly lance-shaped, leathery leaves, and terminal panicles of fragrant, cup-shaped flowers followed by small. spherical berries

'Torbay Dazzler' is an evergreen, palm-like tree with terminal tufts of sword-shaped leaves to 60cm in length, heavily striped with creamy-white

Other common names

  • cabbage tree 'Torbay Dazzler'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in a sheltered position in full sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed or suckers

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Mediterranean Climate Plants


How to care

Pruning

Not usually pruned

Pests

May be attacked by scale insects and glasshouse red spider mite

Diseases

May be affected by Cordyline slime flux