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Products > Cordyline australis 'Jive' PP25,123
Cordyline australis 'Jive' PP25,123 - Dancing Series Cordyline

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

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tree
Family: Dracaenaceae (~Agaveaceae)
Origin: New Zealand (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Yellow/Chartreuse Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Height: 4-8 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25° F
Cordyline australis 'Jive' - A showy tree type Cordyline that grows to 7 to 8 feet tall up on a single trunk with leaves that at first have bands of cream with bright emerald green margins and then mature to brilliant yellow set against a deep forest green. We have not seen this cultivar bloom yet but it likely will have the tiny pale lilac flowers, with a jasmine-like fragrance, and held above the foliage on branched stems that other Cordylines have. Plant in full sun to part shade in a well-drained soil with regular to occasional irrigation. We have not had it outside for a cold winter but likely this plant will tolerate temperatures down to 20° F. A great plant for a mass planting or featured as a specimen potted plant. This plant was discovered in 2007 in a population of seed grown plants from unidentified Cordyline australis cultivars in Kihikihi, Waikato, New Zealand and is part of The Dancing Series with varieties 'Can Can', 'Cha Cha’, 'Polka', 'Salsa' and 'Jive' from Peter Fraser of Growing Spectrum Nursery in Waikato, New Zealand. Image courtesy KiaOra Flora. It was selected for its compact habit, narrow linear leaves and yellow variegated leaves with green margins. It was issued U.S. Plant Patent PP25,123 on November 25, 2014.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, 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 where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome 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 would aid others in growing Cordyline australis 'Jive' PP25,123.