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Cordyline australis 'Dark Star' - Red Grass Palm

THIS LISTING FOR INFORMATION ONLY - WE NO LONGER GROW THIS PLANT  

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tree
Family: Dracaenaceae (~Agaveaceae)
Origin: New Zealand (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Height: 20-30 feet
Width: 8-10 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Drought Tolerant: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: <15 F
Cordyline australis 'Dark Star' (Red Grass Palm) - This is a palm-like, sub-tropical tree that grows with an upright habit and with age will branch to produce several heads. This cultivar has very dark reddish-bronze sword-like strap leaves. It is possible that this plant will grow as large as the species, reaching 20 to 25 feet tall and spreading to about 12 feet wide, but we note that this cultivar is not a vigorous plant and likely it will remain smaller in the garden. It will likely produce large panicles of small, sweet-scented flowers in late spring to summer. Best in full coastal sun to light shade - some shade protection necessary in hotter inland gardens. It is drought tolerant in coastal gardens but responds well to occasional to regular irrigation. Useful in dry gardens but also offers a tropical look. A great container plant. It can tolerate coastal conditions if protected from direct sea winds (Zone 2) . It is hardy to around 15 F, growing well in USDA zones 9-10 (and possibly warmer Zone 8 locations). 'Dark Star' appears to be a mutation of 'Red Star' and was received by San Marcos Growers in 2005 from a tissue culture lab mixed with plants of 'Red Star'. It is like 'Red Star' but has narrower and darker foliage and also does not grow as vigorously as 'Red Star'.  This description is based on our research and the observations we have made of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Cordyline australis 'Dark Star'.
 
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