NZ Native - Cabbage Tree Palm - Cordyline australis

NZ Native - Cabbage Tree Palm - Cordyline australis

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The Cabbage Tree Palm is a native of New Zealand, growing to a height of 6m by around 2m.  It is an evergreen erect, palm-like tree with long, green, sword-like leaves and large heads of scented, creamy white flowers which appear in late Spring/early Summer, to be followed by bluish white berries.

The fleshy rhizome (root) can be boiled or baked and eaten. Pith of the trunk can be dried and steamed until soft. Sweet and starchy, it is used to make porridge or a sweet drink. The root and stems are rich in fructose, the yields compare favourably with sugar beet (Beta vulgaris altissima). Edible shoots are a cabbage substitute.

The leaves contain a strong fibre, used for making paper, twine, cloth, baskets, thatching, rain capes etc. The whole leaves would be used for some of these applications. When used for making paper, the leaves are harvested in Summer, they are scraped to remove the outer skin and are then soaked in water for 24 hours prior to cooking.

Frost hardy but dislikes drought.  Soak seeds overnight before sowing approx. 5mm deep in warm moist medium.  Seeds remain dormant at lower temperatures, germination is best at 20-25 deg C.  Germination can take up to 1-3 months, depending on temperature.  

Responds well to organic mulch and slow release fertiliser in Spring.  Protect the young plant from wind and cold weather and do not allow the soil to become dry until the plant is established.

Well suited to indoor living as a houseplant or balcony plant in a pot.

10 seeds per packet