Spiky evergreen leaves will lend a tropical air to a sunny border or large container on your patio.
Although from Australia, Cabbage Palms are hardy in milder parts of Great Britain and can grow into small trees. Suitable to give height and year 'round interest to a sheltered sunny border, Cordyline 'Torbay Dazzler' will also add a contemporary twist to a favourite container in a sunny spot. Long, brightly coloured leaves are bound to attract attention with their tones of green, yellow, ivory and pink and will dazzle against blue or grey skies. When mature you will be treated to an impressive summer display of tiny creamy-white flowers that have a sweet fragrance.
This versatile Cabbage Palm is equally at home in a formal or cottage garden setting and tolerant of salt winds.
Plant Type: Shrub
Hardiness: H3 Half hardy. Minimum temperature -5 to 1. May survive outside all year round in milder areas.
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 4m x W 1.5m (Mature age: 5 Years)
Foliage Colour: Green, White
Flower Colour: White
Fragrant Flower: Yes
Aromatic Foliage: No
RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: No
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Soil Type: Acid, Alkaline, Chalky, Clay, Loam, Sandy
Soil Drainage: Well Drained
Light Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Planting Style: Containers, Mediterranean Garden, Coastal Garden, Gravel & Drought Resistant Garden
Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flowering (from - to): June - July
Cabbage Palms prefer to grow in full sun, well drained soil and in a position that's sheltered from cold winter winds. In milder parts of the country they can grow into small trees but in colder regions, it's best to grow your Cabbage Palm in a large container so that it can be moved for protection from low temperatures during the winter months. Move to cool greenhouse, unheated conservatory or garage during very cold weather and wrap the container with bubble wrap to help prevent the roots from freezing.
Use a loam based compost when planting in pots. John Innes No 3 is a good choice with some slow release fertiliser added on planting. Growing such a striking specimen as this in a pot also gives the added advantage that it can be moved around the garden during the year, adding a focal point and drawing the eye to different areas as they look their best. Or grow it in a big pot and use seasonal bedding round the base of the plant. Cabbage Palms are very drought tolerant when established so will need little watering.
Plants in the ground can be mulched each spring with garden compost or ornamental bark to top up the soil around the base. When growing in the ground, wrap the trunk and leaves in horticultural fleece during severe weather - if the plant does get damaged by the cold and the leaves die back, be patient and wait till midsummer as they can often re-sprout from the trunk or the base. Apply a general-purpose fertiliser in mid-late spring to encourage lots of colourful growth.