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Red Star Grass Palm (tree form)

Cordyline australis 'Red Star (tree form)'

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Red Star Grass Palm (tree form) (Cordyline australis 'Red Star (tree form)') at Rainbow Gardens

Red Star Grass Palm (tree form)

Red Star Grass Palm (tree form)

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Height:  25 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8b

Other Names:  Cabbage Palm, Grass Tree, Dracaena Palm

Description:

An interesting palm like tree that will branch with age to produce several heads; produces large panicles of sweet smelling white blooms; may be grown in zone 8b with some protection; a wonderful addition to a tropical themed garden

Ornamental Features

Red Star Grass Palm (tree form) features dainty panicles of fragrant white round flowers with chartreuse eyes along the branches from mid to late spring. It has attractive burgundy foliage. The sword-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain burgundy throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Red Star Grass Palm (tree form) is an evergreen tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Red Star Grass Palm (tree form) is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Red Star Grass Palm (tree form) will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Red Star Grass Palm (tree form) is a fine choice for the yard, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for current availability. It does not include our entire selection of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.