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Cabbage Palm

Cordyline spp.

Also known as

Cabbage Tree, Club palm

Cordyline terminalis dsc03651 by David Monniaux (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Cabbage Palm Overview

Cordylines - or Cabbage Palms - are large perennials, with a few short branches at the top when mature, that resemble palm trees and are grown in warmer climates as specimen plants in borders or courtyard gardens. When young, they can be grown indoors as a houseplant. Also known as Cabbage Trees, their leaves are long and leathery and grow in tufts or rosettes. Their unusual and sweetly scented cup-shaped flowers are borne on large stems above the foliage and are followed by small white, red, blue or purple berries. Cordyline is a genus of around 20 species of evergreen shrubs and tree-like, woody, flowering plants that provide architectural interest and a tropical feel to just about any garden. They are reasonably easy to grow and are tolerant of some shade and thrive in most soil types. Cordyline australis is popular in southern parts of the UK where it is often warm enough to grow them outdoors. This species is also drought resistant.

Common problems with Cabbage Palm

How to harvest Cabbage Palm

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Cabbage Palm


Sow seeds in spring.


Remove and plant well rooted suckers in spring.


Special features of Cabbage Palm

Indoor plant

Under glass, grow green-leaved species in full light and species with colored foliage in bright filtered or indirect light. Water sparingly in winter.

Pot plant

Use pots sized according to the species. Plant in well-drained potting mix, but keep the mix moist.

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Cabbage Palm

Grown for their foliage, and some have decorative flowers. Indoor and patio. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Poisonous to Pets

If your pet likes to nibble your plants, check our collection to make sure what they're eating isn't doing them any harm.

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