Cordyline Australis 'Purpurea' - 20 Seeds - New Zealand Purple Cabbage Palm
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Cordyline Australis 'Purpurea'
Known as the 'cabbage palm' or 'cabbage tree', this long-lived palm is endemic to New Zealand and has been widely cultivated across Northwest Europe. It is grown sow widely in the south of the British Isles that is has become known in some areas as the 'Cornish Palm'.
Reaching up to 6m tall and around 2-3m in spread, the 'purpurea' variant is smaller than the typical Cordyline Australis, and distinctive with purplish leaves.
Leaves are long and lance-shaped, dark purple. Leaves appear in a rosette at the very top of the trunk, which appears slimmer than other Cordyline varieties. Trunks often become multi-branched to produce many rosettes.
Flowers appear on mature palms, on large racemes that can grow even longer than the leaf crowns. Blooms are white and deeply scented and highly attractive to bees. Flowers from early to mid summer.
Enjoys a well draining soil and full sun.
Half hardy to -5°C, but can tolerate down to -10°C for short periods, especially after developing a woody trunk.