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Products > Cordyline australis 'Southern Splendour' PP19,102
 
Cordyline australis 'Southern Splendour' PP19,102 - Southern Splendor Grass Palm

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tree
Family: Dracaenaceae (~Agaveaceae)
Origin: New Zealand (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Summer
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Synonyms: [Dracaena australis, C. 'Southern Splendor']
Height: 12-16 feet
Width: 8-10 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Cordyline australis 'Southern Splendour' PP19,102 (Southern Splendor 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 is a very showy sport of Cordyline australis 'Red Star' with clusters of arching, sword-like leaves that are dark gray-green with bright pink margins. Like its parent this Cordyline should grow to be a branched 10 to 20 foot tall by 5 to 10 foot wide evergreen tree and produce large panicles of small, sweet-scented white 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 or garden plant that 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). We received this plant in 2007 from Foremostco of Miami, Florida with the British English spelling of 'Southern Splendour' but also note that some US nurseries have altered the cultivar name to use the Americanized spelling of 'Southern Splendor'. It is a naturally-occurring mutation that was discovered by Arthur Rendle in a group of Cordyline australis 'Red Star' in Newmarket, Auckland, New Zealand in 1996. It received U.S. Plant Patent 19,102 on August 12, 2008.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing Cordyline 'Southern Splendour' PP19102.
 
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