Cordyline australis ‘Torbay Red’
Red Cabbage Tree
The Cabbage Tree, is one of the most renowned plants indigenous to New Zealand, and has since become very popular in cultivation in the UK.
It typically grows as a single or multiple trunk tall tree with pale to dark grey corky bark, sporting iconic sword-shaped leaves that grow up to a metre long, and produces panicles of fragrant, sweetly perfumed white flowers in late spring.
Cordyline australis ‘Torbay Red’ is a new variety, naturally occurring cultivar which is dark red leaved and slightly shorter than the original species.
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Care & Size Guidance
The Cabbage Tree is smaller than the original species and thus is more suitable for container growth. Specimens grown in a container are unlikely to flower.
Planted in the ground it usually flowers (and thus forks) after about 6 to 10 years, but the right conditions can bring the flowering to 3 years of age.
The ‘Torbay Red’ cultivar is marginally less hardy.