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Cordyline banksii 'Electric Pink'

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cordyline (kor-di-LY-nee) (Info)
Species: banksii (BANKS-ee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Electric Pink
Additional cultivar information: (PP19213)
Hybridized by Chen; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2007

Synonym:Terminalis banksii

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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5 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BayAreaTropics On Oct 24, 2011, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

When I bought mine three years ago..I really had no idea of what it needed,or how it grew and I paid $40 for a little gallon slip. It just stood out at the nursery compared to what else was for sale in late fall that year. I took a chance..
Lo and behold-its thrived,planted near the base of a huge Modesto ash. With mostly morning sun and then later again in the day..its grown to close to 4' with four main trunks. Despite the not so great choice-more of no other place for it-the Electric cordy has more then held its own on average watering-maybe less than average.
Its a plant that LOOKS like it must be hard to keep..and is near Juniper like in reality. Or better in part sun !
If it ever gets eye level tall or more,what a spectacular plant it will be.
ADDED 2014: It IS now eye level tall in leaves (close to 6'),has three 3" wide trunks..hefty compared to Cordyline fruticosa for example and furnishes much of the Ti plants exotic looks for those in cooler and sometimes frosty climates. Still has not flowered for me. Very easy care..but I still fertilize and try to water on a regular bases. Its good to me,I try to be good to it.

Positive JeffreyM On Apr 10, 2011, JeffreyM from Castro Valley, CA wrote:

This is a beautiful plant - tropical looking with its hot pink and greyish purple margins. I've have 3 of these in the ground in a full sun exposure and they've endured 100+ degrees along with 31 degrees in the winter with virtually no damage. This year as I pulled away the old leaf stalks that each clump now has about 5-8" of stem. Its great to think there's some height potential with these plants - I couldn't recommend a better plant for ease-of-care, showy, tropical color and overall low/no maintenance.

Positive Kell On Sep 10, 2009, Kell from Northern California, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is a hard to miss plant in your garden. I love it! I have 3 of them. So far no care! I water them on occasion, that is it. They seem to do fine with irregular watering too. No wilting.

I have not even repotted them since the original potting 3 years ago. They have over wintered with no damage at all even in short, light frosts. They have also gotten much bigger. No bugs seem to bother them either!

Positive LagunaRich On Mar 8, 2009, LagunaRich from Laguna Niguel, CA wrote:

It should be noted that although Southern Splendor and Electric Pink look similar when very young, Southern Splendor grows up on a single stalk with a plume of pink striped leaves shooting out from the top of the stalk. Electric Pink does have a more intense pink color but only grows leaves from the ground up, without a stalk. Electric Pink shoots new leaves from division on the ground level, never growing a stalk. It looks more like the growth habit of a flax/phormium plant. Different appearances for different garden design purposes.

Positive lakeshoredrive On Jan 20, 2008, lakeshoredrive from Chicago, IL wrote:

The color of this plant is absolutely intense!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Carlsbad, California
Castro Valley, California
Corona, California
Hayward, California
Laguna Niguel, California
San Bernardino, California
San Diego, California
San Leandro, California
San Pedro, California
Chicago, Illinois

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