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Cordyline australis

Cabbage Tree

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Naturally a tall single trunked, many branched tree, here in the UK Cordyline australis rarely reaches giant proportions as, inevitably, it will be cut back by cold. Recent winters have demonstrated that plants reduced to ground level will usually re-sprout from the base and quickly regain some size. In fact few plants are as undemanding and tolerant: from the wet salt-laden gales of the southwest to the parched eastern counties, Cabbage trees abound, quickly growing into architectural specimens. Vast spikes of scented flowers in late summer can fill a garden with perfume - resultant seed laden trusses help birds through winter.

Cordyline australis Identification Sheet

New Zealand
Common name(s)
Cabbage Tree
Dracaena australis
Full sun to part shade, any well-drained soil
Eventual height
Eventual spread
-8C or lower
Skill level

Pot sizes

With items such as ferns, juvenile tree ferns and herbaceous plants it is difficult to give the exact size of each species when such a wide range of plants are grown so we specify standard pot sizes to give an indication of the size and/or age of the plant you are buying.

Sometimes the pot size might vary slightly from the standard or we might listed as 2-3 litre pot, depending on the growers we purchased them from. However, the sizes of the plants are similar in height and spread.

Sometimes the plants might be photographed in decorative pots. However, please bear in mind that our plants are kept in plastic nursery pots.

Plant height

For the outdoor plants, that are meant to be planted in the ground, the height of the pot is excluded from the measurement. The height is measured from the top of the pot to the tallest leaf or branch of the plant.

All plants are measured when brought to our nursery, however, due to natural factors, the actual size of the plant might change over time due to adjustments to the environment. When picking multiple plants for an order, we aim to pick matching plants.


Most palms need tropical or subtropical temperatures, but there are some suitable for planting outdoors in the British Isles. Hardy palms are invaluable as structural plants in tropical-style gardens and look effective when planted with bananas, bamboos and New Zealand flax. 


Hardy palm trees can be planted at any time of the year, but ideally it should be done during spring and summer. 

Try to dig a hole a good deal bigger than the root-ball, which should be given a good soak before planting. Back-fill the hole with a free draining mix

Water thoroughly. This will be beneficial to the establishment of the root system. If planting during a dry spell, water the hole first, allow to drain, plant, back-fill, and then water again. 

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Product warranties

We can guarantee that the plants leave our nursery disease free, but weather and local conditions might affect their survival. Make sure you always make an informed purchasing decision.

The plants that leave our nursery are in the best condition, free of disease. Kept in adequate conditions (positioning and care), the plants are guaranteed for 3 months if they are planted in the ground or one year if they are kept in their original pots. Return policy applies only to plants that are in their original pots.

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Delivery location

Due to the nature of the consignments, the courier's drivers are not insured to carry goods through your property. The standard delivery location is the border of your property or the entrance of a communal space. If other arrangements need to be made, please get in touch with us as soon as the order is placed.
Vouchers and small boxes can be posted through the letterbox, provided there is unrestricted access to it. 


Rated 4.84 on the scale 1 - 5 based on 25 customer reviews
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Arrived well packaged and healthy , a positive experience as a 1st time buyer ,highly recommended !

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

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

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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 .

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Quick delivery great condition packed well good value

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

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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 time's from The Palm Centre and have always being extremely happy and satisfied with the service, delivery and condition of the plant's. Excellent company.

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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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<p style="margin:0px 0px 1em;padding:0px<br /> 0.2em;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:Verdana, Geneva,<br /> sans-serif;font-size:12px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;<br /> font-variant-ligatures:normal;font-variant-caps:normal;-webkit-text-stroke-width:0px;text-decoration-style:initial;<br /> text-decoration-color:initial;">Hi<br /> Corey line austustralis plant wow, helpful info but please explain when it flowers then they die off what r<br /> 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?<br /> Thanks in advance yours Mrs P J Allen<br /> </p><p style="margin:0px 0px 1em;padding:0px 0.2em;<br /> color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:Verdana, <br /> Geneva, sans-serif;font-size:12px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;<br /> orphans:2;widows:2;font-variant-ligatures:normal;font-variant-caps:normal;-webkit-text-stroke-width:0px;<br /> text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="color:#3f48cc;font-family:'Helvetica Neue',<br /> Verdana, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:13px;box-sizing:border-box;">Palm Centre Reply</strong><br /> <span style="color:#3f48cc;font-family:'Helvetica Neue',<br /> Verdana, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:13px;box-sizing:border-box;">: Hi Mrs Allen,<br /> the<span>&nbsp;</span><strong>Cordyline australis</strong>&nbsp;is flowering every spring.<br /> It might skip a year if the plant is repotted when juvenile, but a fairly mature plant will flower almost every year.<br /> The spike can be cut at any point without affecting the plant in any way. If by "pruned" you're not refering to cutting<br /> the actual growth centre, then there is no harm done to the plant and it should continue to grow until the end of<br /> summer.&nbsp;</span></p>

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<p>Positive, plant bigger than expected, that's the only positive I'm 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</p><p style="margin-left:30px;"><strong style="color:#3f48cc;">Palm Centre Reply</strong><span style="color:#3f48cc;">: We're so sorry to hear that you're not happy with the plant&nbsp;our colleagues picked for you. We will get in touch with you as soon as possible to fix this unfortunate mistake. </span></p>

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

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

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Arrived next day, very well packaged. Unpacked and couldn't be happier. When phoning to add to my original order spoke to someone straight away excellent customer service will be ordering again

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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Ten times bigger and better than expected. I can't wait to put it on balcony at my new flat. Service excellent too

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

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

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