Cordyline australis

Cabbage Tree

(48 customer reviews)

From £14.95

The Cabbage Palm, is one of the most renowned plants indigenous to New Zealand, and has since become very popular in cultivation in the UK.

Cordyline australis typically grows as a single or multiple trunk tall tree with pale to dark grey corky bark, sporting iconic sword-shaped grey-green leaves that grow up to a metre long, and produces panicles of fragrant, sweetly perfumed white flowers in late spring.

Origin: New Zealand
Genus: Cordyline
Species / Cultivar: australis
Common Name: Cabbage Tree
Synonym: Dracaena australis

Plant Biography

Native to New Zealand where it’s known to the Māori as ‘tī kōuka’, and grows at the margins of forests, frequently near swamps. It has historically been eaten by native New Zealanders, who bake the root or brew it into an intoxicating drink. The Māori also use parts of the plant to treat a variety of injuries and illnesses.

You may have seen Cordyline Australis with either single unbranched stems or forked branches. This is because the plant only divides into forks after its first flowering, which typically occurs at 6 to 10 years of age.

Cordyline australis
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
Eventual Height: 5-7m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 2-3m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.

Expert Tip

Cordyline australis' branches may fork after producing a flower stem. The flowers appear within pink tinged bracts which protect them before they open.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

The Cabbage Palm can grow in a container, though it develops a taproot and thus requires a large, deep contained for best 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.

Beautiful specimen of a cordyline, large and healthy ,am well impressed, was so happy to see it arrive today, thanks so much


Beautiful specimen of a cordyline, large and healthy ,am well impressed, was so happy to see it arrive today, thanks so much

48 customer reviews for Cordyline australis

Ordered a Cordyline Australis last year and got a good size as-described plant and was pleased with service and product. Ordered two this year advertised as 80cm to 100cm and they turned up badly packaged but luckily ok and decent quality however to say the plant was in the 80 – 100 cm range was a stretch. both plants had one leaf around the 780cm the rest of the plant was well short. The person sourcing them must have looked for the shortest ones in stock ! Very disappointing. I phoned up and told The Palm Centre and was offered free return which is fine however no apology, no interest in my comments, no offer of replacements in the correct height range. What a shame. Will i use them again? not sure at the moment as I could have got the same plants as cheap or cheaper locally.

Peter W.

As the Palm centre were unable to supply my original order for the green variety I had the Atropurpurea instead. These arrived well packaged and are beautiful mature plants of excellent quality and size. I’m very impressed. Thank you

Carolyn W.

Plant arrived well packaged and was bigger than expected. Very happy and will definitely be ordering more from PalmCentre. 5 stars.

Paul G.

What an amazing plant, excellent condition, superbly packaged.
Shame you don’t have any more, the better half wants one too !

Barry G.

So pleased with these. Great service and packaging will definitely be purchasing more!

Angela H.

So impressed with the Palm Centre. Plants arrived really well packed and looked very healthy. Will definitely be using them again. Can’t wait to plant them, very happy

Patrick B.

Thank you Palm Centre for a first service. Im delighted with the speed & quality of these 2 plants. They will be gifts & Im sure the recipients will be as delighted as I am. This was my first order from you and certainly wont be my last. Many thanks again.

Janet C.

Absolutely fantastic & exceeded my expectations. Oredred Saturday & delivered the Tuesday in perfect condition. Wonderfully wrapped & the both palms are superb & just excellent quality. Well done indeed & I thoroughly recommend….I will certainly be back for more. Thank you. James

James M.

plants arrived this morning in excellent condition very pleased with them

shirley N.

As the one I purchased a year ago, excellent plant, service etc.

Alan L.

I bought two of these to adorn my new garden. Good quality and good service. Happy customer.

Barbara M.

Beautiful palm, well packaged for quick delivery. Looks stunning in my garden.

Marie P.

I bought two and they are unbelievably good value for money. They’re big, beautiful and will make great additions to my garden. Highly recommend.

Rebecca M.

Beautiful specimen of a cordyline, large and healthy ,am well impressed, was so happy to see it arrive today, thanks so much


Great plant and good price

Helen H.

We have ordered from the Palm Centre before, about 6 years ago, at a previous address, so didnt hesitate using them again.
Once again we experienced excellent customer service and the plants are truely beautiful and of excellent quality. They really do look after their plants and their customers.

Colin V.

My plants arrived today and they were extremely well packaged and upon opening them I was so pleased.
The plants were healthy and look amazing in my garden. They provide some privacy from the overlooking houses and a beach feel to the garden. Highly Recommended!

Bethan C.

This was part of a birthday present for someone, in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. These guys did me a favour and forewent the current 10-day dispatch time and got it to me in Wales within two, thereby saving the day. Very pleased with both the tree and the service. Beautiful tree, very elegant, delivered in perfect condition.

Tim H.

beautiful palm, great quality and amazing value! a beautiful addition to our tropical garden.

Dawn J.

So pleased with the 2 cordyline that I received today. Packed very well and a nice size of above my 6ft fence. Would definitely use this company again

Tracey C.

Although this was a substitute plant ,it arrived in really good condition and nicely packed,will order from palm centre again

Jean W.

I love my palm. Healthy and much bigger than expected. Very happy.

Gaynor Y.

Very good value and very protectively packed for its journey. Very prompt delivery by good courier firm

Felicity S.

Arrived well packaged and healthy , a positive experience as a 1st time buyer ,highly recommended !


Great price, fast delivery and was pleasantly surprised as I thought it would be smaller so very pleased.


Amazing plant, great value, bigger than I thought, it looks stunning in my courtyard. Many thanks.

Tim Waskett

Delivered as estimated and well packaged. Plants are healthy and look stunning in the tall white pots on our patio excellent service would use again .


Quick delivery great condition packed well good value


Great size and the condition is excellent. Great for my tropical garden.


This plant arrived quickly and was well packaged for protection during delivery, it was a superb specimen, extremely healthy and large for the price I paid for it. I have ordered several times from The Palm Centre and have always being extremely happy and satisfied with the service, delivery and condition of the plants. Excellent company.


Arrived well packed and is doing fine, well pleased. Lived in Old Isleworth for over 20 years and have just found you.

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Corey line austustralis plant wow, helpful info but please explain when it flowers then they die off what r
we meant to do with the seed head? And if its pruned by mistake will it harm the palm. Also how often do they flower?
Thanks in advance yours Mrs P J Allen

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the Cordyline australis is flowering every spring.
It might skip a year if the plant is repotted when juvenile, but a fairly mature plant will flower almost every year.
The spike can be cut at any point without affecting the plant in any way. If by pruned youre not refering to cutting
the actual growth centre, then there is no harm done to the plant and it should continue to grow until the end of


Positive, plant bigger than expected, thats the only positive Im afraid. Negatives, trunk bent, every single leaf damaged to some extent, some had to be cut off due to being badly damaged including young leafs, very disappointed to be honest

Palm Centre Reply: Were so sorry to hear that youre not happy with the plant our colleagues picked for you. We will get in touch with you as soon as possible to fix this unfortunate mistake.

Grant Nicoll

Had tree for 18 months now came well packaged and this year is growing like mad! Will be back for more!

Jeremy Stubbs

Thank you for the Cordyline palms brilliant service and the palms are looking really nice.


Arrived next day, very well packaged. Unpacked and couldnt be happier. When phoning to add to my original order spoke to someone straight away excellent customer service will be ordering again


Superb plant,healthy and bigger than I expected.Well packaged,cant wait to watch it grow.


Delivered well within the stated time, well packaged and seemingly in good condition. One very small and insignificant gripe and that was that I received no e-mail to say that the item had been dispatched. All in all a very pleasing transaction which will be repeated as and when.

Dave Phillips

I had been in contact with the Palm Centre as we have a mature (25 /30 year old Cordyline australis in the garden and wanted another. I needed delivery guaranteed within a particular time scale and the Palm Centre was very helpful in bumping my order to the earliest possible dispatch. The plant (a juvenile) arrived the next day and was well-packaged and healthy, and slightly taller than specified. Happy to recommend the Palm Centre.

Rev Derek Hollis

Bigger than expetced which was nice, wrapped well, no issues here, and far cheaper than a garden centre. Would use again

Aaron Whiffin

I ordered the 80/100cm Cordyline australis. It was well established, healthy and slightly bigger than anticipated. When it arrived it was well packed, made secure and all the foilage was tied up and packed to avoid causing any damage. Really pleased with this product, the service and packaging. Would order again.

Anthony Richards

Planted in newly landscaped garden with white stone. The Cabbage tree looks great. Now cant wait to see it get bigger over time. Al the neighbours have commented how lovely it looks.


Beautiful tree exactly as described. Arrived quickly and looks stunning outside my house.


What a wonderful Palm lovely condition and bigger than I expected. I am extremely pleased with my purchase and the service I received could not be bettered. The Palm came wrapped very securely and I would not hesitate In purchasing from The Palm Centre again.

Carol Cooper

Ten times bigger and better than expected. I cant wait to put it on balcony at my new flat. Service excellent too


Palm arrived very well packaged. The palm was larger then I expected & looked healthy. It looks great in the garden. I would highly recommend buying one. Thank you Palm Centre

ian brown

The Cordyline Australis I ordered was larger than expected and in beautiful condition. Superbly packaged and delivered quickly. Highly recommended.

Dave Hewitt

Storyline how tall does it grow