Cordyline a. ‘Red Star’

'Red Star' Cordyline
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Plant Type

Perennial

Evergreen-Deciduous

Evergreen

Overall Mature Size

Small

Mature Height & Spread

2-3′ x 2-3′

Water

Medium Water

Exposure

Full Sun, partial Shade

Flower Color

White

Bloom Time

Spring

Special Features

Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Coastal Conditions, Low Water Use

Container Sizes

#1, #5, #15

Natural Growth Habit

Upright

Sunset Garden Zones

8, 9, 14-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone

8-11

Cordyline a. ‘Red Star’ is a palm-like sub-tropical tree that grows with an upright habit. With age it will branch out to produce several heads with very dark reddish bronze sword-like leaves. It produces large clusters of small sweet-scented flowers in late spring to summer. It can be plant in full coastal sun to light shade but some shade protection is necessary in hotter inland gardens.It is drought tolerant in coastal gardens but requires occasional to regular irrigation inland. Cordyline a. ‘Red Star’ offers a tropical look and is also a great container plant when small. It tolerates coastal conditions when protected from direct sea winds. This plant is often compared to or confused with ”Red Sensation” but the two plants when looked at side by side are definitely different. ‘Red Star’ has slightly narrower leaves that are more rusty red with less purple color. They also have a more prominent green edge.

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