Despite it’s tropical appearance the hardy evergreen cabbage palm thrives on the Systematic Beds.
A member of the Agave family (Agavaceae) Cordyline australis is a native of New Zealand, and was introduced into cultivation in 1823. It is a distinctive, structural species which can reach 10 m in height. It has an erect trunk, at the top of which sits a dense head of arching, sword-shaped leaves. Large panicles of small white flowers are produced in summer, and these are followed by white, or blue-white berries which persist through winter. It grows well in milder areas given a sunny site and well-drained soil.