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Products > Cordyline australis 'Sunrise' PP20,634
Cordyline australis 'Sunrise' PP20,634 - Kaleidoscope Series Cordyline

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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
Parentage: [C.australis 'Torbay Dazzler' x C.aust. 'Purple Tower']
Height: 12-20 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Cordyline australis 'Sunrise' PPAF (Kaleidoscope Series) - 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 with leaves that have a dark reddish-pink mid stripe and bright pink margins. Although this plant is likely to grow slower it could 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). This is one of the newest pink Cordyline australis cultivars to come in the horticultural trade, making its debut in nurseries in 2009. It is a bit like the hybrid 'Electric Pink' but as a Cordyline australis cultivar is likely to be more upright and single stemmed unless cut back to encourage branching. This plant, selected for its strong, very bright pink stripe on the leaf and for its compact internodes is a product of a breeding program conducted by Arthur George Rendle of New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1996. It is the result of crossing Cordyline australis 'Torbay Dazzler' as the pollen parent with Cordyline australis 'Purple Tower', the seed parent. This plant was issued U.S. Plant Patent PP20,634 on January 5, 2010. Images courtesy of Foremostco.  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 aust. 'Sunrise' PP20,634.