About This Plant

The cabbage tree, scientifically known as Cordyline australis, is a unique and distinctive tree native to New Zealand. It is also known by its Māori name, “Ti kouka.” In late spring to early summer, the cabbage tree produces fragrant, creamy-white flowers on long panicles, attracting pollinators like bees. After flowering, it may develop small, round fruit that is not typically edible for humans. The cabbage tree is not only known for its aesthetics but also has cultural significance in New Zealand and is often associated with the country’s landscapes.

The Story

Leaf

This tree has a striking appearance with long, sword-like leaves that cluster at the top of its tall, slender trunk. The leaves are typically green, although some cultivars may have reddish or purplish foliage and can reach up to one metre long.

Produce

The cabbage tree produces clusters of small, berry-like fruits. These fruits are generally spherical, about 1 to 1.5 centimetres in diameter, and can vary in colour, ranging from white to bluish-black, depending on the species.
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