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'Red Sister' Cabbage Palm Cordyline fruticosa

Flower Season
  • Summer
Mature Size
4' 4'
Height: 3' - 4'
Spread: 3' - 4'
  • Details

    Features

    Flaming hot pink and dark burgundy foliage adds fabulous color, texture and height to premium container recipes and modern landscapes where this plant can’t help but act as a focal point. Featuring much broader, 4 to 6” wide leaves compared to its Cordyline australis cousins, this tropical cabbage palm forms a multi-stemmed clump. In zones 9-11, it is a hardy evergreen shrub; it can be overwintered indoors as a houseplant in colder climates. The pink coloration will be brightest with some sun, but take care not to site this plant in hot afternoon sun or windy locations in the warmest climates.

    Adaptable As Houseplant
    Heat Tolerant

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Annual
    Height Category: 
    Tall
    Garden Height: 
    36 - 48 Inches
    Spacing: 
    36 - 48 Inches
    Spread: 
    36 - 48 Inches
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    Full Sun
    Habit: 
    Upright
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun

    The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Bloom Time: 
    Grown for Foliage
    Hardiness Zones: 
    9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Uses: 
    Container
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses Notes: 

    Often used as thriller in combination planters and makes a good houseplant as well.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Cordyline is a grass-like plant. Where temperatures get colder than 15 degrees F, the plants should be treated as annuals. Once the grass turns brown it can either be removed immediately or removed in the spring. It should not be expected to live through the winter and begin growing again in the spring.

    In areas where winter temperatures remain above 15 degrees it should be considered a perennial and the following information should be useful. Evergreen or neutral grasses are usually plants that look like grasses but aren't actually classified as grasses, they are generally called grass-like plants.

    Divide evergreen or neutral grasses and grass-like plants in spring only.
    Evergreen grasses don't ever go dormant. Dividing plants wounds them to some degree. For evergreen grasses this wounding will really affect their ability to live through the winter.

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