Cordyline australis 'Red Star'

2 litre pot £24.99
available to order from late summer
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Buy Cordyline australis 'Red Star' cabbage palm: Architectural tree with deep red leaves

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average to fast
  • Flowering period: July to August
  • Hardiness: half hardy (will need winter protection in colder areas)

    This popular, palm-like tree has arching, sword-like, deep red leaves, retained throughout the year. Mature trees produce dramatic white flower spikes that smell exquisite. It's an ideal focal point for a sunny, protected border, patio or for the exotic garden. In frost-prone areas it's best grown inside a cool greenhouse or conservatory. In time, container-grown specimens will need to be replanted in the garden.

  • Garden care: In spring when new growth appears and all danger of hard frosts has passed, cut back frost-damaged branches to just above the newly formed shoots.

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This plant had been carefully planted in a landscaped border in April 2017 but very sadly did not survive 3 heavy snow falls the following winter. I was under the impression this variety was hardy enough to withstand subzero temperature but I was wrong. I won't bother with planting this again as our winters are changing so this could happen in the future.





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What is the height and spread upon delivery please.


Hello there This will be approx 20cm tall in a 2lt pot.

Hi, Can the 'Red Star' be placed indoors? And if so, would there be any special considerations to be noted? Thanks, O.Ak


Hello, While these plants are not quite fully hardy, they are not suitable as true indoor plants, however they will be quite happy potted up and kept in a cool conservatory.


We have 2 cordolynes on the pond border which have trays underneath to stop leaks getting into our koi pond When it rains the trays fill with water...will this damage the plants?


Hello, Yes, these plants should not be left sitting in water for any length of time, so the saucers should be emptied.


Hi! I would like to plant 3 cordyline between 3 Fargesia rufa and 1 fatsia japonica. Will the cordyline tolerate being between the thirsty bamboo or would there be too much competition for water such that they would not survive? Thank you


Hello, The bamboos are definitely the thirstiest plants, but the success of the cordylines will depend on how frequently you water. In time, the cordylines will tolerate a degree of drought, but for the first year or two you will need to keep them well watered.


I have a red Cordyline that doesn't look very healthy, the leaves are splitting and are turning a dry parched colour. It's in a large pot on my patio, which I have kept moist. What am I doing wrong.


Hello there Usually it is the wind that shreds and splits cordyline leaves. If it is in a windy position I would try and move it to a more sheltered place. Hope this helps

Cordyline australis drooping and dropping leaves? Sirs, I have many forms of what I call "spiky" plants including Cordyline australis that have not faired well this winter and seem to be dead. The leaves are dropping off or drooping. Are these dead or should I wait to see if they pick up ? I see many gardens with similar plants in the same condition. Kindest regards Terry

terry marsh

Hello Terry, Cordylines are not fully hardy I'm afraid so you may have lost them in the unusually cold winter. I would hold tight and keep your fingers crossed though as the plants may rally in summer this year. I'm sorry not to be more help. Helen Plant Doctor

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Cordyline Australis shooting from bottom Hello Crocus, We are in South West Wales and have several Cordyline australis plants in the garden which we think are about fifteen years old and fifteen feet tall or thereabout. They all look healthy except this year several of them have started to sprout leaves from different parts of the trunk and in two cases low down near ground level. Other gardeners in the area are experiencing the same thing and have put it down to the unusually cold winter last year. Should we leave the new growth or should we remove them? Are they indicative of stress due to unusual weather? Your advice would be greatly appreciated. With kindest regards, Richard

Richard Leveton

Hello Richard, It sounds as if your Cordylines are putting on lateral growth, which is quite normal as they mature. This can be prompted if the main stem has suffered some form of damage, but it can just happen spontaneously. These will eventually develop into branching stems, so if you want to keep yours as single stemmed specimens, you should remove them while they are still very small. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Cordyline advise please My Cordylines have produced a flowering centre this year. Should this be pruned out or left now the flowering has finished? Alan

Alan Higgs

Hello Alan, Once the flower spike has died right back and no longer looks attractive you can either leave it to produce seeds which can be used to create more plants, or you can cut it off at the base. I hope this helps. Helen

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Can I grow more Cordylines We have a dark-leaved Cordyline, bought about 3 years ago and which is now around 1.3m tall. During the last 4 weeks it has grown around a dozen basal shoots. Should these be removed and can they be used to grow new Cordyline plants??? Your help would be very much appreciated. regards - Charles

Hello Charles, These plants can be propagated by stem cuttings, but these side shoots will not grow if you remove them and pot them up. If you want to attempt to take stem cuttings, then you should remove sections of a healthy stem, each one with one or two nodes and slice each section in half lengthwise. If the inner section is moist, then root them in moist sharp sand, however if it is dry, you can use a freely draining cutting compost. Lay the cuttings cut side down on top of the sand or soil, water and keep in bright shade at 18-21C until they have rooted. Alternatively you can take a 5-8cm section of stem (cutting just above a node) with one leaf attached. Fill a pot with sharp sand and half bury the stem vertically and trim the leaf by half. Water and keep at temperature as before. Unfortunately though, this does mean you have to chop up your perfectly lovely plant.

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Are ants eating my Sunflowers? Hi there I bought some sunflowers and planted them. They were doing well, but then the stem seems to be rotting at the base. There are some ants about. This has happened with both sunflowers in pots and in the ground. A few years ago I grew sunflowers without any trouble at all. Thanks so much in advance. Farah

Farah Nazeer

Hello Farah, Ants will not cause any harm, however they are usually present when there are other sap sucking insects about. The most likely sucpects would be slugs and snails or caterpillars so keep a look out for these. I'm afraid though that if the stems are badly damaged there is little you can do to save the plants. I'm sorry not to be more help, Helen Plant Doctor

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