Cordyline plant was brought to Europe during the early 1800’s. Soon these trees became a part of the landscape of Britain. It can be grown in different climates and soil type.
Cordyline Plant – Resembles Palm Tree
A lot of people mistake Cordyline as a type of palm tree but in reality it belongs to a different plant species. Cordyline plant is evergreen in nature and it is seen in huge quantities in Australia over other continents. They are available in several varieties as well. This tree grows rather fast and gets pretty tall too. These trees become multi-trunked usually after blooming. Among the varieties of Cordyline plant, Cordyline australis is suitable for cultivating in almost any climate and it adapts quickly to soil type. It is often used in coastal regions. It copes well under varying weather conditions but in places like the UK, excessive snowfalls bog it down sometimes. Those who want to plant this tree in their garden should ensure that the soil is not poor draining type. These plants withstand sun rather well but during days of excessive heat or rainfall they can collapse unexpectedly at times.
Cordyline Red Star – Offers Stunning Looks
Among the several Cordyline variants, Red Star is one that is liked by majority of people for its stunning foliage. Cordyline Red Star grows well in sunny areas, but it can tolerate shady conditions too. Like its other siblings, this variant of Cordyline can grow in various types of soils. However, Cordyline Red Star may attract insects like caterpillars and the use of insecticide is recommended. These plants also grow well when planted in pots. Advantage of growing them in pots is that they can be shifted to places to adjust to the shades and sunlight as required. The plants do not suffer from trunk cutting. New foliage starts growing shortly after its trunks are cut. Full grown trees can grow up to 3 meters in most cases. Some people use these trees in their gardens simply to add to the looks.
Cordyline Indivisa – New Zealand’s Favourite
Indivisa is a variant of Cordyline that is cultivated the most in New Zealand. It is often called as mountain cabbage in colloquial language. Cordyline Indivisa can be recognized by its foliage which has a distinctive bluish green hue. This grows well in dry regions. It also has relatively short trunks. In US states this plant is grown at times. Unlike Red Star, Indivisa does not attract many insects and from that aspect it requires relatively lower maintenance. What makes this variant of Indivisa stand out is the fact that its leaves are actually edible. Some people use its leaves in place of cabbages in their dishes. These leaves have liberal amounts of fibre and they help in digestion. Dried leaves can also be used in making baskets.